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Al Piantadosi (1882-1955) was an American pianist, composer, and music publisher.


"By 1915, Americans began debating the need for military and economic preparations for war. Strong opposition to 'preparedness' came from isolationists, socialists, pacifists, many Protestant ministers, German Americans, and Irish Americans (who were hostile to Britain). One of the hit songs of 1915, 'I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier,' by lyricist Alfred Bryan and composer Al Piantadosi, captured widespread American skepticism about joining in the European war. Meanwhile, interventionists and militarists like former president Theodore Roosevelt beat the drums for preparedness. Roosevelt's retort to the popularity of the antiwar song was that it should be accompanied by the tune 'I Didn’t Raise My Girl to Be a Mother.' He suggested that the place for women who opposed war was 'in China—or by preference in a harem—and not in the United States.'"

—George Mason University, History Matters: The US Survey Course on the Web


I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (with Alfred Bryan)


 

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