• Thomas Ayres, That's Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little-Known Events and Forgotten Heroes (New York: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2000).

American Myths: Popular Music


Some songs have become part of American popular heritage, cultural knowledge passed down on sports fields and in classrooms and children's songbooks. Though sung across the country, the songs' origins on battlefields, in barrooms, or elsewhere are often unknown by today's singers. Match the song title with the story of its composition or use.