Interpreting Folk Songs in History
Individuals who live when key historical events are unfolding often describe them on paper in the form of folk poetry, particularly songs. Although some of the folk songs may be simple, they provide a rich source of information for the historian since they form a record of how people felt and illustrate how they communicated their feelings and positions.
The "Hero of '48" appeared in The Independent on April 5, 1948. Its message is an anti-confederate one, appealing to the listener's sense of history, geography, and nationalistic pride.
The "Battle Song of Newfoundland" was carried in The Confederate on May 12, 1948. Its message centers on the idea that Confederation will build on a brighter tomorrow. It also makes geographic and historic appeals but also adds the religious. These songs provide an opportunity for students to sample approaches taken by those on both sides of the issue to convince others of the merit of their respective positions.
By engaging in these processes, students will achieve the following outcomes:
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Social Studies Skills
This lesson also promotes the following social studies skills: