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American patriotic music is a part of the culture and history of the United States since its founding in the 18th century and has served to encourage feelings of honor for the country’s forefathers and for national unity. These songs include hymns, military themes, national songs, and music from stage and screen, as well as songs adapted from poems.
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Key Facts & Information
THE UNITED STATES
- Native Americans have lived in North America for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus and the Europeans began to establish settlements in the area.
- More colonies were soon established beginning in 1620 and by 1733, the original thirteen colonies had been established.
- Each colony was governed by a governor chosen in England. However, settlers ignited the American Revolutionary War in 1775 to declare independence.
- In 1783, British troops retreated and the United States Constitution was then adopted in 1787.
- In 1789 George Washington became the country’s first president. He established basic American laws including the Bill of Rights.
- Then, after the bloody American Civil War, African slavery was officially abolished and the nation eventually returned to peace.
- America entered the 20th century as one of the most progressive and advanced nations in the world.
- But along the way, American patriotism was tested and proven after recovering from wars, civil unrest, and terrorism.
- The United States laid out several ways for citizens to show love for their country: saluting the American flag, singing the nation’s national anthem, taking part in patriotic movements, and obeying laws.
AMERICAN PATRIOTIC MUSIC
- American patriotic music has served to encourage feelings of honor for the country’s forefathers and for national unity.
- These songs include national songs, music from stage and screen, hymns, and military themes, as well as songs adapted from poems.
- American patriotic music is said to be inspired from the six wars—the American Revolution, the American Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War, the American Civil War, and the Spanish–American War.
- The first patriotic song written in America was the “The Liberty Song”, written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768.
- In 1814, Washington lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote a poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry,” during the American-British War of 1812.
- Eventually the song became world-famous as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and was designated as the United States’ official national anthem in 1931.
- Other songs such as “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” (1831) and “America the Beautiful,” (1893) were also composed as inspired by natural wonder combined with freedom and liberty of the United States.
20th CENTURY PATRIOTIC MUSIC
- “Over There” by songwriter George M. Cohan was composed during World War I on April 6, 1917, when he saw headlines announcing the U.S. had entered World War I.
- He also penned “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” an over-the-top parody of patriotic music.
- “God Bless America” (1918) by Irving Berlin is sometimes considered an unofficial national anthem of the United States and is often performed at sporting events alongside “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
- The World War II era produced a significant number of patriotic songs such as “Remember Pearl Harbor” and “God Bless America.”
- Patriotic songs after the world wars included “Ballad of the Green Berets” during the Vietnam War, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” during the years of the first Gulf War and after the September 11, 2001 attacks and Neal McCoy’s “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee)” in response to the U.S. national anthem protests (2016 to present) at National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) games.
American Patriotic Music Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the American patriotic music across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use American Patriotic Music worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the American patriotic music which is a part of the culture and history of the United States since its founding in the 18th century and has served to encourage feelings of honor for the country’s forefathers and for national unity. These songs include hymns, military themes, national songs, and music from stage and screen, as well as songs adapted from poems.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Being a Patriot
- Heroes and Patriots
- Star-Spangled Version
- A Declaration
- Patriotic Songs
- A Country Song
- Adding a Tune
- Picture Me Theme Songs
- Write Me a Song
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