Like all of the other popular arts, the songs of a given era express the hopes, fears, sorrows, struggles and triumphs of the real people who lived through the important events of that time. John Clark takes us through the music of both world wars, the Great Depression and a 100-year racial history from abolition to civil rights. Using an American Studies approach we’ll trace our country’s trial and tribulations through the lens of popular music. Week 1 – Music of World War 1, featuring songs written by George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin; Week 2 – Abolition/Civil Rights, Pt 1, including Hutchinson Family Singers, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Bert Williams; Week Three – Music of the Great Depression, includes Ted Lewis, Woody Guthrie, Bing Crosby; Week 4 – Songs that Helped Us Fight WW II, including Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, Spike Jones; Week 5 – Abolition/Civil Rights. Pt 2, including Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan.