Survey of American Music

  • Benjamin Franklin invents the Glass Harmonica

  • Billings New England Psalm Singer

  • Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key's lyrics)

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    Trail of Tears

    The Trail of Tears was the forced migration or exile by Andrew Jackson of the Cherokee, Seminole, and Chickasaw from the south to the Midwest/ Ohio due to the discovery of gold in their territories, such as Dahlonega.
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    PT Barnum/Jenny Lind US tour

  • Gottschalk The Banjo

  • Slave Songs of the United States

    Written by William Francis Allen, this journal was one of the first to document the African American music that came out of slavery and their culture. He did find their music interesting but was very confused by some of their practices since it was different from the rest of the folk music and styles that he was used to.
  • Carnegie Hall, New York (completed)

  • Dvorak String Quartet "American"

  • Amy Beach Gaelic Symphony

  • Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag

  • WC Handy St. Louis Blues

    One of the earliest examples of the blues style and is one of the most recorded blues songs of all time. Combined ragtime with spiritual tradition.
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    Broadway's 1st Golden Age

  • Cajun First Recording

  • Florence Price Symphony No.1

  • Copland El Salón México

  • "God Bless America" (Kate Smith's Original Recording)

  • Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial

    Invited to sing by Eleanor Roosevelt to sing at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied by the Daughters of the American Revolution to sing at Constitutional Hall.
  • Duke Ellington's "Cottontail"

  • "This Land is Your Land" (Guthrie's Recording)

  • Bluegrass

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    John Cage Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

  • Folk Song U.S.A.: the 111 Best American Ballads

    This list was able to be disseminated on a larger scale and introduced people that have not heard these songs to what they are. One of the folk songs on this list is Tom Dooley.
  • Alan Freed Coined term "Rock and Roll"

  • Bernstein West Side Story (Broadway premiere)

  • Miles Davis' Kind of Blue

  • “We Shall Overcome” adopted by Civil Rights Movement

  • Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”

  • Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album

  • Dolly Parton "Coat of Many Colors"

  • Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"

  • "Walk This Way" Video (Aerosmith and Run DMC)

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    John Adams The Death of Klinghoffer

  • James Horner Soundtrack for Titanic

  • Miranda Hamilton