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Background Videos - 1900s
America Becomes a World Power
While Progressive leaders showed their distrust of power in their dealings with large corporations at home, they still grasped the growing need for an aggressive national stance in world relations. (32 min.)
The Progressive Era
During the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, America was witness to so many political, corporate, and social reforms that the period came to be known as the Progressive Era. (31 min.)
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lift Every Voice and Sing : YouTube
Listen to a choral performance of the song while viewing the lyrics.
'Lift Every Voice and Sing' : NPR Present at the Creation
An audio story about Lift Every Voice and Sing produced by National Public Radio in 2002 as part of the series Present at the Creation.
Lift Every Voice: Music In American Life [exhibit]
An online exhibit created by the University of Virginia Library that discusses the role of folk music in American society. Includes digitized copies of historic documents from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including sheet music for "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
Lift every voice and sing : a celebration of the Negro national anthem / Julian Bond and Sondra Kathryn Wilson, editors
Collects one hundred essays by artists, educators, politicians, and activists reflecting on their personal experiences with the song. Also features photos from historical archives. Includes contributors from John Hope Franklin, Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Maxine Waters, and Percy Sutton.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame