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Kenneth S. Goldstein Broadsides

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The Kenneth S. Goldstein Broadsides document social movements and cultural norms in the U.K. and Ireland between the late 18th- and early 20th- centuries. Primarily focused on the early 19th- century, these broadsides include extensive topics concerning love, alcohol, Irish home rule, British and Irish identity, religion, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and many more topics. In addition, these broadsides represent a large cross-section of contemporaneous popular printers.

Publicly distributed at low cost, broadside ballads are primarily textual, single-sided printed verse set to pre-existing, popular tunes and contain illustrative elements. Many were printed as multiples-per-sheet, with the intention of being cut and sold as individual songs.

Dr. Kenneth Goldstein served many roles as one of America's top folklorists in the second half of the twentieth century.  Beginning in the 1940s, Goldstein produced folk music recordings for the Folkways, Prestige, Riverside, and Stinson record labels.  In the 1950s, he conducted extensive ethnographic research in American and Scottish folklore and music.  In 1963, Kenneth Goldstein received the first Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Goldstein taught folklore at Penn and later Memorial University for almost 40 years.  He held key positions and editorships for many of the top folk publications and organizations, and worked as an adviser to the Smithsonian and National Endowment for the Humanities.  Dr. Goldstein's research focused primarily on folk traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador and on English, Irish, and Scottish influence on American folklore.

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