US History in 15 Songs


From slave spirituals of the antebellum era, to jazz clubs of Harlem and Chicago and Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village folk sessions, songs have served an important role on both personal and collective levels. Throughout the history of the United States music has provided commentary, solace, and soundtracks for critical events. Over the next sixteen weeks we will examine fifteen songs that have both influenced American history and provide an alternative way of analyzing American history.


All materials related to the course are posted on the content tab of the course’s BrightSpace page, In addition to weekly discussion materials, copies of all the songs and supplemental materials are also provided. You should ensure you have access to the online class site and all materials play correctly as soon as possible to ensure your ability to complete the weekly assignments.