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Over Here, Over ThereTransatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I$
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William Brooks, Christina Bashford, and Gayle Magee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042706

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.001.0001

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“Every Man in New York”

“Every Man in New York”

Charles Ives and the First World War

(p.37) Chapter 2 “Every Man in New York”
Over Here, Over There

Gayle Magee

University of Illinois Press

The sinking of the Lusitania and the subsequent shift in the United States from neutrality toward participation in World War I affected Charles Ives in both his music and his business as a life insurance executive. The tragedy’s effect on the insurance industry was far-reaching, and government proposals to supply insurance to soldiers were initially resisted. As an artist, Ives sided with the soldier as “everyman” in his war songs and in his use of the hymn “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” in “From Hanover Square North” and “The Things Our Fathers Loved.” Ives’s insurance firm suffered financial losses initially but then supported engagement, participating fully and generously in public initiatives like the Liberty Loan campaigns.

Keywords:   World War I, United States, musical response, Charles Ives, Second Orchestral Set, “From Hanover Square North”, war songs, “Things Our Fathers Loved”, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”, Lusitania, insurance industry, William G. McAdoo, Treasury Department, Liberty Loan, Neutrality, engagement

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