CITESTE MAI MULT
In Maryland, My Maryland: Civil War Music and Patriotism, James A. Davis offers an in-depth exploration of the contradictions underlying this Civil War anthem and considers what these incongruities reveal more broadly about expressions of patriotism during the war. To do so, Davis explores the geographic specificity of the song’s lyrics, which allowed the contest between regional and national loyalties to be fought on bandstands as well as battlefields, amplifying the emerging division between soldiers and civilians as audiences and their role in bestowing musical meaning. Furthermore, Davis posits that “Maryland, My Maryland” contributed to the shift in patriotic allegiance from a specific, localized and material place to an ambiguous, inclusive, and imagined space. By resisting the straight-forward narrative of popular music, Davis reveals the inconsistencies that belie commonly-held assumptions that popular music was for all people and that patriotism was an easily defined, stable, and universally-held attitude shared by those living within clearly delineated geo-political boundaries.