Where do I begin a search for an academic discussion of Popular music in the mid-19th Century? I am especially interested in what people were singing, dancing to and playing in their parlors - in the US in the years up to and including the Civil War.
What instruments would I hear at local gatherings in Kansas? Missouri? Texas? Louisiana? Massachusetts? etc. What songs or tunes? Someone must have published serious research on the subject ... and I'll bet some Mudcatters have a suggestion or two.