Course Description: Cultural texts like songs offer a unique and vital window into understanding our history. In this course we will use five songs from “The Star Spangled Banner and “John Brown’s Body/The Battle Hymn of the Republic” to “America the Beautiful”, “This Land is Your Land,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” to analyze two centuries of American history.
NO REQUIRED BOOKS
INSTRUCTOR: Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is the author of five books, most recently: We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is an American. He writes a daily American Studies blog and the biweekly “Considering History” column for the Saturday Evening Post online.
Course fee: $45.00
Zoom Link: Sent to paid and registered members before the start of course.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609