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S7 - American History in Five Songs- (Railton)

  • 07/06/2020
  • 07/20/2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 07/06/2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/08/2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/13/2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/15/2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/20/2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • via Zoom link
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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.


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.

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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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