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ERIC Number: EJ824485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Using Folk Songs and Ballads in an Interdisciplinary Approach to American History
Dzuris, Linda
History Teacher, v36 n3 p331-342 May 2003
The folk songs and ballads of early America describe life as experienced by the common people. They were sung within the family, by neighbors and at gatherings of larger communities. The stories told were carried in the memories of those who heard them. Once a strictly aural and oral tradition, the words came to be written down, and the surviving lyrics deserve increased attention as historic documents. In this article, the author describes the course she developed for her students at Calhoun Honors College. The course, which explored "truth" in song, focused on aspects of American history, communication, and sociology represented in the tradition of folk songs and ballads. A sample course outline is presented.
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A