Music and Historical Narrative

Music has been a part of human culture since prehistoric times. From the national anthem to rock anthems, music brings Americans together. Rhythms, familiar choruses, and song verses can unite people of various backgrounds with a sense of their shared history and culture. How has music, including Bruce Springsteen’s, shaped Americans’ understanding of our shared history? In this lesson, students will trace the ways musicians have responded to events on a national scale and furthered political dialogue among citizens. They will also compare music in countries where governments respect freedom of speech with those that don’t.

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