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Music and Flags of the Early American Wars

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Learning how music and flags have been closely tied to some of our nation's most trying times.

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LIBERTY! . Teacher's Guide. Revolutionary War Music. Lesson 5: REVOLUTIONARY WAR MUSIC Investigate some of the more familiar and famous songs of the Revolutionary War period and how music was used to convey messages of patriotism and highlight popular sentiments.

A sample lesson plan which ties in music to the Revolutionary War time and events. – pianogal87

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LIBERTY! . Teacher's Guide. Revolutionary War Music

Overview: Music frequently plays an important role in military and social history. Digital History (Revolutionary War Music Lesson Ideas) Music and the American Revolution John Adams thought that a third of the colonists supported the Revolution, a third remained loyal to Britain, and a third was undecided or neutral.

More ideas for teaching about the music of the Revolutionary War period. – pianogal87

The popular songs of the Revolutionary reflect a deep divided within the colonial population.

Digital History (Revolutionary War Music Lesson Ideas)

Loyalists were those Americans who affirmed Britain's authority over the colonies. Although revolutionaries vilified them as elitists who personally benefited from British colonial rule, many were genuinely commitment to maintaining a colonial bond with the mother country. American Revolutionary War Flags. British East India Company Flags c1678-1800 Of course, if you really want to know who caused the American Revolution, the answer is the British East India Company, originally, called the English East India Company, but renamed in 1707.

Check out this site to find out more about flags from the beginning of our nation's history. – pianogal87

In today's business terminology, because was run by a board representing stock holders, it would be called a "corporation.

American Revolutionary War Flags

" Music of Washington's Time. THE MUSIC OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TIMEby John Tasker Howard expanded and updated for the web.

Music of Washington's Time

Musical Conditions in Early America. Revolutionary War Musical Instruments. Fife, Drum, and Bugle During the Revolutionary War During the Revolutionary War, armies didn’t have radios to talk to each other with.

An interesting narrative about musical instruments used during the Revolutionary War. – pianogal87

Music was the main way for them to communicate over long distances.

Revolutionary War Musical Instruments

It is widely recognized that the use of the fife and drum came from the armies of Switzerland, hundreds of years before America was discovered by Europeans. The fife was used because of its high pitched sound and the drum because of its low pitched sound. Both instruments can be heard from great distances and even through the sounds of a battlefield. Most of the musicians would have been boys that were too young to fight in the war but were following their fathers who were fighting. Revolutionary War Music - Archiving Early America. Music of the Revolution. Yankee Doodle Yankee Doodle, Oil on Canvas by A.M.

A list of songs from the Revolutionary War with descriptions and videos attached. Open this item in your browser to have access to additional content. – pianogal87


Music of the Revolution

The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps - Recordings. American Revolutionary War Song:Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys. Lesson Plans - The Star Spangled Banner.

A couple lessons for 4th grade and several for 8th grade. Materials (including media) are provided. – pianogal87

Lesson Plans - War of 1812 (By Grade)

A plethora of lessons at multiple grade levels. Some links are broken, but a wide variety of working links are provided. – pianogal87

The War of 1812. Although its events inspired one of the nation’s most famous patriotic songs, the War of 1812 is a relatively little-known war in American history.

An interactive lesson on the War of 1812, with a link to a variety of lesson ideas for multiple grade levels. – pianogal87

Despite its complicated causes and inconclusive outcome, the conflict helped establish the credibility of the young United States among other nations.

The War of 1812

It fostered a strong sense of national pride among the American people, and those patriotic feelings are reflected and preserved in the song we know today as the U.S. national anthem. Britain’s defeat at the 1781 Battle of Yorktown marked the conclusion of the American Revolution and the beginning of new challenges for a new nation.

Not even three decades after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which formalized Britain’s recognition of the United States of America, the two countries were again in conflict. Resentment for Britain’s interference with American international trade, combined with American expansionist visions, led Congress to declare war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812. Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812. The original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Information on the background of the Star Spangled Banner, the flag itself, and the War of 1812. – pianogal87

Quick Facts about the Star-Spangled Banner Flag Making the Star-Spangled Banner In June 1813, Major George Armistead arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, to take command of Fort McHenry, built to guard the water entrance to the city.

Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812

Armistead commissioned Mary Pickersgill, a Baltimore flag maker, to sew two flags for the fort: a smaller storm flag (17 by 25 ft) and a larger garrison flag (30 by 42 ft). She was hired under a government contract and was assisted by her daughter, two nieces, and an indentured African-American girl. History of the Star Spangled Banner.

A 7' 44" video on the history of the Star Spangled Banner, narrated with images of the period. – pianogal87

Francis Scott Key - Biography - Poet, Lawyer - Francis Scott Key was an attorney and poet who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," the U.S. national anthem.

A biography on Francis Scott Key, lyricist of the Star Spangled Banner, including a short video. – pianogal87

Synopsis Born on August 1, 1779, in Frederick County, Maryland, Francis Scott Key became a lawyer who witnessed the British attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

Francis Scott Key - Biography - Poet, Lawyer -

The fort withstood the day-long assault, inspiring Key to write a poem that would become the future U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Key later served as a district attorney for Washington, D.C. He died on January 11, 1843. Early Life and Career Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, in Frederick County, Maryland, to a wealthy clan on the plantation of Terra Rubra. The U.S. National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner. "The Star Spangled Banner", was ordered played at military and naval occasions by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but was not designated the national anthem by an Act of Congress until 1931.

The U.S. National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner

War of 1812 - Our Flag Was Still There. Civil War Music Lesson Plan. Civil War Music: When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Lesson Plan w/Primary Sources.

Lesson ideas using primary sources, with a focus on the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". Additional songs and primary sources are provided as resources. – pianogal87

American Civil War Flags. 20th Maine Regimental Flag The 20th Maine was organized in the state of Maine in 1862.

A listing and description of the many different flags of the Civil War period. – pianogal87

Band Music from the Civil War Era. On September 27, 1974, the Music Division of the Library of Congress re-created a typical concert of brass band and vocal music from mid-nineteenth-century America. That concert has become the starting-point for Band Music from the Civil War Era, an online collection that brings together musical scores, recordings, photographs, and essays documenting an important but insufficiently explored part of the American musical past.

The cornets and saxhorns that made up the all-brass bands of the 1850s remained a popular, though decreasingly prominent, feature of American wind bands through the nineteenth century. Bands of this kind served in the armies of both the North and the South during the Civil War, in the field as well as for the entertainment of the officers. Most of the sheet music used by these brass bands, which typically existed only in "part books" for individual instruments, has long been lost. A. Brass Band Journal. B. [Manchester Cornet Band Books]. [Port Royal Band Books]. Band Music from the Civil War Era. Civil War Music Instruments. Songs of the American Civil War. By Ramona Garcia, Fairfield, Ct., USA The songs of the Civil War contain distinct echoes of that era. These songs expressed or came to express a multitude of emotions associated with this great conflict: patriotism, martial pride, death, homesickness, loneliness, love, and hope.

As reflections of this conflict these songs provide a more human approach to and understanding of the Civil War era. Charles Hamm in Yesterdays: Popular Song in America acknowledges that: Music During the American Civil War. John Brown's Body - The Battle Hymn of the Republic - Songs and Poems- Lyrical Legacy. Great songs sometimes seem to have a life of their own and survive by adapting to changing times and sensibilities. The song we now know as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has endured for more than 150 years and during that time underwent several dramatic changes in personality, as different writers and singers adapted it to meet their needs. The original version was a religious camp meeting song written in the 1850s and began "Say, brothers, will you meet us?

On Canaan’s happy shore? " The song eventually spread to army posts, where its steady rhythm and catchy chorus made it a natural marching song. Soon, though, a new version appeared that hitched the old tune to a more militant cause.