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I chose these songs because I wanted to focus on big ideas that led to a change or had an impact. I realized that movements in American history had a big impact on how people's ideas and opinions changed. Music influences were incredibly important to help these movements progress and have the impact that they did. I focused on 5 main "movements: civil rights, anti-war, feminist, environmental, and pro-immigration. Not all of these are considered "movements" but they have an influence on American opinions. For each movement, I decided to cut down to 3 songs. I tried to make sure that all these songs were from different years to see the shifts in ideas. I originally had songs like 'Strange Fruit' by Billie Holiday and ' Goodnight Saigon' by Billy Joel. 'Strange Fruit' was more focused on the period of slavery so I didn't think it fit in with the Civil Rights Movement. 'Goodnight Saigon' had strong themes about the Vietnam War but it was released too close between 'Imagine' and 'Killing in the Name' and I really wanted the diversity of years. I wanted this playlist to represent how even though years have passed, these movements are still apparent and some of these ideals and opinion have not changed, while others have.














































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Unit 7:

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Henry ford 1919.jpg

Henry Ford:

Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863.

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Unit 6:

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Horatio Alger Jr.jpg

Horatio Alger:

Horatio Alger was born on January 13, 1832. He was a 19th Century American writer who helped to enforce the idea of "rags-to-riches". He wrote about impoverished boys and "their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty". Because of his novels and this narrative he introduced, he played a big role in America during the Gilded Age. In 1868 Alger published his fourth, and most popular, book named Ragged Dick . Ragged Dick is a story about a poor "bootblack", otherwise known as a shoeshiner, who began to rise into the middle class in 19th century New York. It became such a popular story that Alger decided to publish a whole series. In the last years of the 19th century, the Protestant work ethic became less valuable to the American people. Violence and murder became increasingly incorporated ion Alger's novels at this point. His work was only successful for a while during this time, but in the 20th century he sold books by the thousands. Once he died in 1899, Alger had a hundred volumes published.