Unit 2: New Nation, 1760-1800

United/Divided | War & Peace | Work | Home | Moving Along | Faith & Ideals

 

United/Divided

“The Liberty Song”

words by John Dickinson, tune “Heart of Oak,” 1768
America’s first patriotic song composed to protest the Townshend Act taxes

Lyrics

“Free America”

tune of “The British Grenadier,” 1774
A warning to Americans not to bow to tyrants and end up like ancient Greece and Rome

Lyrics| Recording

“Chester”

William Billings, 1778
A popular patriotic song by one of America’s first professional musicians.

Recording

“Rights of Woman”

tune of “God Save the King,” 1795
An unusually early statement of women’s rights

 

“The Desponding Negro”

William Reeve, text by John Collins, 1792
An early anti-slavery song, which tries to arouse compassion

 

"Jefferson and Liberty”

Irish tune, 1802
This Irish tune, popular in America, gained this set of lyrics to mark the end of Sedition Act

Lyrics

 

War and Peace

“As Near Beauteous Boston Lying”

Tune "Hosier's Ghost"

Traditional, 1774
Ballad of the Boston Tea Party

Lyrics

“Yankee Doodle”

Traditional, 1775
British made up the song to mock colonial troops, who turned around and adopted it with pride

Lyrics| Recording

 

“The Rebels”

1778
A Tory song expressing loyalty to the crown in the face of the “rebels”

 

“The Old Woman Taught Wisdom” (The World Turned Upside Down)

Traditional, 1781
An allegorical plea for America and England to settle their differences

Lyrics

 

Work

 

“Rolling Stone”

Mr. Henry Purcell, text by D’Urfrey 1695

(published in America in 1800)
A country “bumpkin” wishes to leave the country and to seek fame and fortune in the big city

 

Home

“Address to the Ladies”

Traditional, 1767
A song urging women to conserve and buy “home-grown” American goods

“Johnny’s Gone for a Soldier”

Traditional, based on an Irish tune, 1770s
A woman laments her lover’s service in the army

Lyrics

 

Moving Along

“Michael Row the Boat Ashore”

c. 1800
A modern folk song with roots in an African American rowing song/spiritual

Lyrics

 

Faith and Ideals

“Wayfaring Stranger”

Traditional, 1780s
A “white spiritual,” a folk hymn expressing a longing for home in the midst of hard times

Lyrics

 

“The President’s March” and “Hail Columbia”

words by Joseph Hopkinson; Philip Phile, 1798
The U.S.’s unofficial “national anthem” written to foster unity during John Adams’ term

Lyrics| Recording

 

More Units:

1. Worlds Meeting

2. New Nation

3. Expansion & Reform

4. Civil War & Reconstruction

5. Development of Industrial

    U.S.

6. Emergence of Modern U.S.

7. Great Depression & WW II

8. Post-War U.S.

9. Contemporary U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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