What road did each president take to the White House? What were his most significant accomplishments and failures? What role did music and Christian hymns play in his administration? One hymn has been chosen for each president, along with full details on its origins and meaning. 356 pages, hardcover with CD. Mercer University.
The most comprehensive coverage ever written of the influence of hymns on the lives and administrations of America's presidents. Each chapter begins with a concise presentation of each president's path to the White House and his accomplishments and failures as president, then how each president regarded music, whether or not he was musical, and music in the White House during each president's administration. These hymns may be related to developments in the life of the president including his spiritual journey, major decisions he had to make as president, or even his selection of the inaugural Scripture. The book covers a panorama of hymnody from 1614 to the 1980s.
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