Teaching the Great DepressionThrough Popular Music

A session at Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies (NERC)

Tuesday 12th April, 2011

10:30am to 12:30pm (EST)

During this session participants analyze a number of songs and films that can be used to study the Great Depression in an American history classroom. We view segments from films that depict the tremendous suffering of the era; we also view films that were designed to let the viewer escape from the harshness of everyday life. We listen to examples of the blues, popular music, jazz, country music, and folk music and discuss how the songs listened to can be utilized to explore the larger historical themes of the decade. We also discuss effective teaching strategies for using popular music in the classroom. Lyrics for all songs played and sources for all songs discussed is available.
Presenter—Stephen Armstrong, Hall High School, West Hartford CT

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Time 10:30am12:30pm EST

Date Tue 12th April 2011

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