John F. Kennedy and Carl Sandburg

Source: Seth H. Muse Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #673

Staff Person: Lynette Lundin


JFK with Carl Sandburg at White House.

JFK with Carl Sandburg at White House.

This photograph is from the Seth H. Muse Papers. Seth Muse was a well known Washington news photographer, born in Cash Corner, N.C., on Nov. 11, 1912. He was living in Arlington, Va. when he died. He died from a heart attack at the age of 63, on February 27, 1976. He attended ECU in 1937, and Married Dorothy Crumpler of Roseboro, N.C., a graduate of East Carolina. Their son George also graduated in 1963 from East Carolina. He was a member of White House News Photographers Association and National Press Club. He worked mainly in Washington, D.C. Muse took pictures of nearly all the prominent figures in North Carolina politics during his career. There are photographs of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Vice President Richard Nixon and of leaders of other countries such as Queen Elizabeth of England, and famous people such as Bob Hope, Sophie Tucker, Kim Novak, the fighter Jack Dempsey and evangelist Billy Graham. Seth Muse was an enthusiastic supporter of East Carolina University. I find this a very interesting collection of photographs. The image of John F. Kennedy with Carl Sandburg was taken on Oct 25th, 1961 at the White House. The photograph below is in collection # 673 and is in box 13 of that collection. The finding aid for this collection can be found at Manuscript Collection 673.

Rebel Song Book

Source: Rebel Song Book, Hoover M/1997/R43/1935

Cover of Rebel song book

Cover of Rebel song book

Staff Person: Ralph Scott

The Rebel Song Book was complied by Samuel H. Friedman who became the Vice Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party in 1952 and 1956. These song books were used by political and social movements to rally the spirits of their members. First made famous by the I.W.W. (International Workers of the World) at their congress in 1905, the song books along, with slow downs and sabotage helped re-enforce the culture of resistance. The book soon became known as the “Little Red Song Book”, which in the 1960s was morphed into the idea of the “Little Red Book” of Chairman Mao Zedong. Well known songs in the book include: the Internationale, Hallelujah I’m a Bum, the anthem of the Ladies Garment Workers Union (“We have fed you all for a thousand years”), and a parody called “The D.A.R. song.” Probably the most famous song in the book is the old Pentecostal hymn “We shall overcome” which was adopted by the labor movement in the 1930s and later by the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Other songs in the book include the Civil War song “Tramp, tramp, tramp,” “No more slaves” {sung to Jesus Saves}, “Solidarity Forever” {sung to the Battle Hymn of the Republic}, “Soup Song” {sung to My Bonnie lies over the Ocean} and the “Song of the Red Air Fleet.”

Rebel Song Book, New York, Rand School Press, 1935. {Hoover Collection M 1997 R43 1935}

Mp3 files of songs in the book include:

  1. The Internationale/Star Spangled Banner (click on 4th mp3 file), Arturo Toscanini, the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1941. {This recording was to be used in the U.S. Office of War Information Film, the Hymn of Nations (1943), however while the Star Spangled Banner was included in the film, the Soviet Hymn was censored even though the Soviets were still allies.}
  2. Hallelujah I’m a Bum
  3. Song of the Red Air Fleet (click on mp3 link on 4th song from end of page marked “March of air Komosol”)
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