Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Curriculum Resource: 20th Century American Music

The Library of Congress has launched a new curricular resource that I think can help us as we introduce our middle schoolers to the 20th century.  Their new informational center, National Jukebox, is a digitized collection of musical recordings from the early 20th century.  This is a great resource of all sorts of different early 20th century music--folk, classical, ragtime, popular, etc.  There are also some speeches by such historical figures as William Jennings Bryant, Woodwrow Wilson, William Taft, Warren Harding, and even Teddy Roosevelt.   It is a great way to give your middle schoolers a feel for the first part of the 20th century.  And the Library intends to expand the collection, so there will probably be even more recordings as time goes on.

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