Music and the U.S. Survey

I have not taught the second half (1865-present) of the United States survey course in over fifteen years.  My former students at Valparaiso University might remember me coming into class with a small boom-box and playing music as I lectured. But since arriving at Messiah College and focusing solely on the first half of the survey, I have, for the most part, put my boom box away. (Having said that, I used to play a lot of music in my “Immigrant America” course, but I have not taught it in several years).

I got a bit nostalgic about the second half of the U.S. survey when I read Patrick Iber’s post at the “Teaching United States History” blog.  It is titled “The Soundtrack of the Survey, 1865-Present.”

Here is part of Iber’s soundtrack:

The Civil War:

  • Battle Cry of Freedom, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhCheCryopA (Battle Cry of Freedom has both Union and Confederate versions, so students can compare the different meanings of freedom that each gives to the cause.)

Reconstruction:

Capital and Labor:

Women’s emancipation,

Jim Crow:

World War I:

Roaring 1920s:

The Great Depression:

The New Deal:

World War II

Read the rest here.