The American BalladPlay
Wide-ranging ballads became the medium Americans used to tell each other about themselves. The stories they told were tales of love and liberty, death and murder, sin and glory, darkness and redemption. They captured plain and powerful visions of America, all as true and tragic as the soil.
Hear about the story of America as told through the American ballad.
Greil Marcus, co-editor along with Sean Wilentz of the new book, "The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad."
This program aired on December 17, 2004.