This bibliography includes resources that informed the 1999 study, Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force in Civic Dialogue and other resources.
- Halker, Clark D. For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-95. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
- Schulman, David. "A Rich Vein: In West Virginia Mine Country, A Composer Creates a Work that Delineates a Community's Life." Inside Arts, February/March 1995, pp. 32-36.
- Siegmeister, Elie. Music and Society. New York: Haskell House Publishers Ltd., 1974.
- Tischler, Barbara L. An American Music: The Search for an American Musical Identity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.