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delphinium Historical Children's Songs (62* d) RE: BS: Historical Childrens' Songs 18 Jul 02


How about "Follow the Drinking Gourd" which describes the underground railroad route for slaves to escape from the deep south, the drinking gourd being the big dipper. There's an explanation of the "codes" for the route at http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/planetarium/ftdg1.htm

Also Yankee Doodle (pre-revolutionary), Dixie (Civil War), I've Been Working on the Railroad, Darling Clementine (California Gold Rush), The Erie Canal. Modern 8 to 14s might think themselves a bit too cool for these songs, but I bet they could be presented in a fun way, especially if different verses are explored, or you or the kids make up new verses. And that's another lesson, that oral "artefacts" are flexible and organic ...


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