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American Song Project example #1
Transcript of American Song Project example #1
by Irving Berlin
The song was written in 1918, while Irving Berlin was serving in an Army Camp during World War I, but he decided not to use it in the show he was writing at the time
In 1938, Berlin revised and revived the song in response to Hitler's growing aggression in Europe
immigrated from Belarus in 1893 at the age of five
Jewish family, lived in a basement in the Yiddish Theater District
quit school at 8 to work, began writing songs for the theater in his teens
One of America's most famous songwriters
Wrote many classics, like White Christmas, There's No Business Like Show Business, and Easter Parade
Wrote the music for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films
The song was first heard sung by famous singer Kate Smith on her radio show.
She would later sing it for Berlin's patriotic movie "This is the Army."
Like Crevecoeur said, the USA is a nation of immigrants. It is uniquely American that someone born in another country could come here and live the American Dream, including writing one of the most patriotic songs in our history. The immigrant coming to America and living the American Dream is at the heart of what it means to be an American.