A Glorious Songbook

Compiled by Cooper Edens, The Glorious American Songbook is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling library. Students of all grade levels will benefit from reading this book, especially if they are currently studying American history.


Some of the songs chosen for the book commemorate major events in American history, such as the Revolutionary War (Yankee Doodle) and the Gold Rush (Clementine), while others honor a few of the states (California, Here I Come; Tennessee Waltz; The Yellow Rose of Texas; and Georgia On My Mind.) All of the songs, however, express the rich, diverse, and original heritage that can only be attributed to America. From cowboy songs to gospel hymns, bluegrass to jazz, American music, like the country itself, is a blend of the traditions of many different cultures. The Glorious American Songbook highlights this uniqueness with songs that many children already know. Included among the 53 songs are:

  • Oh Susanna!
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Red River Valley
  • Skip to My Lou
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • You’re a Grand Old Flag
  • Polly Wolly Doodle
  • Ol’ Man River
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • America the Beautiful
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple
  • Amazing Grace
  • This Land is Your Land
  • Happy Trails
  • The Mockingbird Song
  • Over the River and Through the Wood
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Summertime
  • Camptown Races
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike

What makes this book even more enjoyable are the illustrations used with each song. These include treasures from our history such as postcards, lithographs, posters, and fine art, all dated from 1778 to 1945. You’ll find works by John Gadsby Chapman, Edward Potthast, N.C. Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Peter Newell, and many others.

There are many ways you could incorporate The Glorious American Songbook into your curriculum. Each page includes background information about the song or composer, so it’s a good starting point for a unit study on a particular historical event, a songwriter, or an artist. Or you may just use it as a supplement to your current subject of study. However you use it, you’ll find it to be educational for the whole family!

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