Edited by Jon W. Finson
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The plays of Edward Harrigan (1844-1911), and their attendant songs written with David Braham (1838-1905), reflect a turbulent era in New York City, which was just emerging as the cultural and economic center of American life. This edition presents the collected Harrigan-Braham songs drawn from plays and skits depicting a variety of ethnic groups during the artists' twenty-year reign over the New York stage. The music, texts, and introductory essay provide a complete view of works that Charles Hamm has described as "the beginning of urban popular song."