Primary Sources Used:
- During your American Revolution studies, review patriot, loyalist and neutral positions. Emphasize that these “positions” are evident in many areas of the period: literature, art, broadsides and music.
- Distribute copies of “The Liberty Song” and “The Congress” (or “The Rebels” or both)
- Read each song aloud with students, discuss one at a time – begin with “The Liberty Song” as the Patriot view is better known and likely more popular.
- Analyze each song, progressing through spiral question levels
Define “propaganda” – Do you feel these songs fall into this category? Why or Why not?
Timeline the songs. Research other happenings; in the same year…could these events have triggered these songs? How do they reflect the period?
Find other songs- find a song that is written by Patriots that deals harshly in their view of the British
Are these songs based on fact or feeling?
Materials needed by Teachers
- Copies of Primaries, Revolutionary War Songs “The Liberty Song”, “The Congress” and “The Rebels”
- Overview of Music in the Revolution
- Revolutionary Song Worksheet