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Latin Music in Postwar New York City

How did the growth of New York City’s Latino population in the 1940s and 50s help to increase the popularity of Latin music and dance in American culture?

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Dan Penn

How did black artists and white songwriters and musicians interact in the Soul era, and what contributed to that interaction?

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Producing the Sounds of a Changing South

How did the recordings Sam Phillips produced at Sun Records, including Elvis Presley’s early work, reflect trends of urbanization and integration in the 1950s American South?

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The Gospel Origins of “Chain of Fools”

Essential Question: How did Aretha Franklin’s foundation in Gospel music influence her recording of “Chain of Fools,” helping to establish a Soul sound and bringing black culture into mainstream America?

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The Memphis Sound and Racial Integration

How has Memphis music culture provided one example of art’s capacity to challenge the racial boundaries that have so often structured American life?

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Dion and the Teen Idols

What role did the so-called "teen idols" of the late 1950s play in bringing Rock and Roll into mainstream American culture?

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Learning Rhythm through Gospel

How can Gospel music help students identify the musical concepts of beat, meter, backbeat, subdivision, and syncopation?