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Stephen FosterStephen Foster was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes. All in all he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna" "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and "Camptown Races." Though he virtually invented popular music as we recognize it today, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-riddled. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and he died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York.

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Additional funding provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the McCune Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, the Oxford Foundation, the Theodore and Renee Weiler Foundation, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the William and Jemima Brossman Charitable Foundation, the Eberly Foundation, the Howard Heinz Endowment, the Laurel Foundation, the Margaret McCormick Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Wolf Foundation, the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Company, and the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

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