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Who Built America: American History Through Its Folksongs

Who Built America: American History Through Its Folksongs

In this 1950 Folkways album for a youthful audience, Bill Bonyun (1911–2001) performs folk songs illustrating America’s history. He emphasizes the important contributions made by immigrants in the building of the American nation and includes five songs in languages other than English. A brief spoken commentary accompanies each song, placing it in its historical context. The liner notes include an introduction by Beatrice Landeck, biographical information on Bonyun, and background on the songs and lyrics.

Track Listing

101
Waly Waly Bill Bonyun 0:27
102
The Green Mountain Boys Bill Bonyun 1:23
103
Erie Canal Bill Bonyun 1:03
104
Shoot the Buffalo Bill Bonyun 0:48
105
Santy Anno Bill Bonyun 0:52
106
Happiness Song Bill Bonyun 0:48
107
Starving to Death on My Government Claim Bill Bonyun 1:14
108
The Praetes Bill Bonyun 1:23
109
Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill Bill Bonyun 1:07
201
No More Auction Block Bill Bonyun 1:21
202
Boll Weevil Bill Bonyun 1:24
203
Chisholm Trail Bill Bonyun 1:02
204
Jesse James Bill Bonyun 1:08
205
Mi Chacra Bill Bonyun 1:18
206
Schluf Mine Kind Bill Bonyun 0:55
207
Salangadou Bill Bonyun 0:43
208
Kleine Jonges Bill Bonyun 0:33
209
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You Bill Bonyun 1:03

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