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Lyrical Legacy helps teachers explore eighteen American songs and poems from the digital collections of the Library of Congress. Each song and poem is represented by an original primary source document, along with historical background information and, in many cases, sound recordings and alternate versions.

Settlement, Beginnings to 1763

The American Revolution, 1763-1783

The New Nation, 1783-1815

National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900

Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Great Depression/World War II, 1929-1945

Postwar United States, 1945-1968