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Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage

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A HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN IN SONG

Regions: American History
Formats: Community Event, Workshop, School Assembly
Genres: Music, Storytelling
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Not much has been written about the many women who have contributed to the development of the United States over the centuries and you have to dig deep to learn about many of the unsung heroes of American History.

This presentation is a musical illumination of the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th Century to the 19th Amendment in which women were given the right to vote. The teaching artist sings broadsides, laments, murder ballads, love songs, parlor melodies and suffrage anthems that reflect the changing status of women in society.



Artists

Linda Russell

Linda Russell

Linda Russell uses voice, mountain and hammered dulcimer to explore history through music. She has appeared in schools and festivals nationwide including Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival with Tom Paxton and Mike Seeger. Having been the official balladeer at Federal hall National Memorial for 16 years, she has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of the 18th and 19th centuries.