Origins Module

  • The Declaration of Independence

  • The Constitution of the United States

  • "The Cauldron" 1492-1776, based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" "The Mayflower Compact"

  • John Winthrop and Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

  • "On the Emigration to America," poem by Phillip Freneau

  • Federalist #10

Manifest Destiny Module

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Indian Removal Act of 1830, "You Will Go"

  • Chief Seattle's speech to the President

  • "The Expansion," based on "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner

  • "My Antonia" by Willa Cather

  • "The Octopus" by Frank Norris

  • "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman

Women's Movement Module First Wave Feminism

  • The Seneca Falls Declaration

  • "Ain't I a Woman" speech by Sojourner Truth

  • The Comstock Law

  • The 19th Amendment

Civil War/Reconstruction Module

  • The Homestead Act of 1962

  • The Gettysburg Address

  • The Emancipation Proclamation

  • The 12th, 14th, 15th Amendments

  • The Black Codes

  • "Uncle Tome's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • "A Sight in Camp" by Walt Whitman

  • "Oh Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

  • "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman

  • "The Red Bade of Courage" by Stephen Crane 

Lynda Roth composed music to the following documents, novels, poems, and speeches:

Music based on documents represent the vision of America.

Music based on literature, speeches, poetry represent the reality of  America. 

The Interplay between the vision and the reality throughout our history has resulted in our ever-growing and evolving democracy.