(FALL 21) From The Sixties To Now: Using Music to Explore Issues of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American History

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Socially, music has often been ahead of the curve in the United States. Long before legal segregation ended, musicians of nearly every ethnicity represented in the United States were coming together for the higher purposes of making music and having fun. The sounds they created–Jazz, Salsa, Rock and Roll, Soul, Hip Hop, etc–are a gateway into a rich exploration of US history that represents all stakeholders and excites students in the process. This course will use music beginning in the 1960s and progressing to the near-present to explore issues of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary American History.  From The Sixties to Now will focus primarily on content from the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s collaboration with the CNN Soundtracks series, all of which are available free to participants at Teachrock.org.