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Ella Fitzgerald, "first lady of song," born

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Billie Holiday born

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Booker T. Washington born

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Flag raisers at Iwo Jima, 1945

PBS's The War

The War, Ken Burns' seven-part documentary, partially funded by NEH tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

A comprehensive education on the workings of a major orchestra. Includes interactivities and games.

painting of Mozart from Mozart Forum home page

Mozart Forum

This free educational site is dedicated to a discussion of the music, persona, and world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including primary sources, a discussion forum, an image bank, and more...

  • Romare Bearden's "The Dove"—A Meeting of Vision and Sound

    Romare Bearden, (1911–1988)

    By examining The Dove by artist Romare Bearden, students will learn to appreciate the artistic and intellectual achievement of Black artists in America in the first half of the 20th century. By listening to music, students will see how art and music intersect to tell us a story. They will relate that story to their own lives.

  • Thomas Hart Benton: The Sources of Country Music

    Thomas Hart Benton (1889—1975), The Sources of Country Music, 1975. Acrylic on  canvas, 72 x 120 in. (182.9 x 304.8 cm.).

    By analyzing The Sources of Country Music, students will discover the musical legacy of Thomas Hart Benton’s story of America and learn how the processes of modernity changed American life in the early decades of the twentieth century. By listening to country music, they will understand how advances in audio recording both captured and changed folk music.