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"We'll Stand By the Flag." March and Song. Music by E. T. Paull, poem by H. A. Freeman. New York: E. T. Paull Music Co., 1898.
NYPL for the Performing Arts, Music Division, American Music Collection

In addition to such popular themes as the defense of Cuban freedom for humanity's sake and the need to avenge the Maine, the flag, the Navy, and the Army were also honored by patriotic songs. The flag’s appeal as a symbol of federal unity had increased in the 1890s, and it was raised over most public buildings. During the war, the flag's "colors that never ran" were ubiquitous. References to the reconciliation of North and South were also common.

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