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Popular Politics in World War I Sheet Music

Drawing on materials found in The Louis and Jodi Atkin Family Collection and the Gaylord Music Library Sheet Music Collection, this exhibit investigates American political attitudes during World War I as revealed in the popular music of the time. 

Learn how the musical and visual rhetoric of sheet music changed following the U.S.A.'s entrance into WWI.

Find out about America's dual vision of France as both a wartorn nation and a cosmopolitan center.

Understand the mixed feelings of German-American citizens, caught between loyalties.

See how St. Louis publishers paid tribute to the the American armed forces.

For questions and concerns, please contact music@wumail.wustl.edu


Text and translations by Karen Olson, Gaylord Music Library, Washington University in St. Louis; last updated 03/03/2021.