"God Bless America"

"God Bless America"

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “God Bless America,” written and composed by Irving Berlin, and published by Irving Berlin, Inc in 1938. Irving Berlin (1888–1989) wrote the song in 1918, at the end of World War I. In 1938, with war again approaching, Berlin revised the work as a “peace song.” Kate Smith’s recording of the updated “God Bless America” became the number three hit in 1939.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
Date made
composer; lyricist
Berlin, Irving
Irving Berlin, Inc.
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Church and State
World War I
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1939 exhibit
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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