Most of us that teach US History have a genuine passion for the subject. Yet we sometimes get caught up in teaching about dynamic people, landmark events and laws, and important dates. At times this can be boring and less than stimulating to our students. Good teachers are constantly looking for better ways to instruct and motivate their students.
One of the ways I have used in the classroom is to use music as a technique. Music can be a meaningful “window” into the past. I have found great success in using this method. Attached are power points for some of the songs of an era that you can use in the class room as a change of pace in your teaching.
Because of copyright restrictions, I am unable to send you the actual music. To get the music you can find virtually all of the music on You Tube. If you are unable to locate the music on the internet, send me an email and I will burn a CD for a small fee and mail it to you.
Sung by: Odetta (available on YouTube)
Relevance: rights of the freedmen
Other songs that could be used –
The Boll Weevil Song – Leadbelly
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny – J. Bland
The Hymn of the Freedman – Broker
No More Auction Block for Me – Odetta
Swinging Around the Circle – E.W. Locke