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1919 Influenza Blues, by unknown, 1930's

All On Account Of the Tariff, Ike Brown, 1890

All Rights For All, Elizabeth B Dewing, 1868

Ballad of the Tea Party, 1774

Ballad of the Triangle Fire, Ruth Rubin, 1911

Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe, 1862

Better Times Are Coming, Stephen Collins Foster, 1862

Billow of Fire, Philip P. Bliss, 1877

Black Day In July, Gordon Lightfoot, 1968

Brooklyn Fire, Jim Campbell, 1876

Burn Baby Burn, Jimmy Collier, 1965 (about the Los Angeles Watts Riots)

Bust the Trusts, F. J. Miller, 1912

(Civilian Conservation Corps.) CCC Blues, Washboard Sam, 1938

Coal Creek Troubles, James William Day, 1937

Coercion - Hold the Rent, Fanny Parnell, 1881

Company Town Doctor, Woody Guthrie, 1945

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, Woody Guthrie, 1945

Der Fuehrer's Face, Oliver George Wallace, 1942

Flander's Fields, John McCrae, 1918

Free Silver & Bryan in 1900, Democratic Party campaign song, 1897

Glory Hallelujah!, 1861

Gold is the Standard to Win, Republican Party, Presidential campaign song, 1896

Homeless Blues (sung by Bessie Smith), Porter Grainger, 1927

In Old Moscow, Walter Gourlay, 1940

In the Heat of the Summer, Phil Ochs, 1965, (about the Summer 1964 Harlem riots)

Joe Hill, Phil Ochs, 1968

Joe Hillstrom, Woody Guthrie, 1947

Little Marion Parker, by Carson Robison, 1927

My Government Claim, (The Lane County Bachelor), c. 1890

November 19, 1915, John E. Nordquist, 1916

Page Mr. Volstead, Bob Miller, 1930 (about the failure of Prohibition)

Poor Wee Billy McMahon, Eric Bogle, 1972

Prohibition Blues, Al Sweet, 1917

Reckless Talk, Woody Guthrie, 1944

Reuben James, Almanac Singers, 1941

Rosie the Riveter, Redd Evans & John Loeb, 1942

Santa Barbara Earthquake, 1925

Specie Payment, George Cooper & Harry Miller, 1870

Stricken City, William. Fisher, 1896 (about the St. Louis cyclone 1896)

Tariff "Bill", George de Romberg, 1909

The Auchengeich Disaster, Norman Buchan, c. 1970's (Scotland)

The Avondale Mine Disaster, 1869 or early 1870's

The Boys In Blue Will See It Through, S. N. Mitchell, 1876

The Chartists Are Coming, 1848

The Death of Huey Long, Hank Warner, 1935

The Devil Has Brought Up All The Coal, Irving Berlin, 1918

The Great Dust Storm, Woody Guthrie, 1935

The Railway Strike, Ella Lodge, 1886

The Substitute Broker, John Zieber, 1864

Tilden and Reform, William H. Long, 1876

Vote for Abraham, by "Union", 1864

Wernher Von Braun, Tom Lehrer, 1965

Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train, Uncle Dave Macon, 1930