Songs for our times: Music and U.S. History from The Library of Congress

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington brings to mind the iconic song so closely associated with this event.

   We Shall Overcome 

The Library of Congress has fascinating sheet music, audio recordings and songs reflecting our nation’s history.  For example, check out this lesson plan examining sheet music of the Progressive Era:

Music and U.S. Reform History: Stand Up and Sing

For an expanded look at how music has marked our national history, explore Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry, composed of eighteen American songs and poems, each accompanied by an original primary source document, historical information, and, in many cases, sound recordings and alternate versions.

Use this Primary Source Analysis Tool Teachers’ Guide for great questions to get your students observing, reflecting and questioning.

And to end this week’s TPSNVA highlight, we’ll return to The March on Washington and take a look at this primary source set:

The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom