Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
HISTORY ON BROADWAY TOPICS
Westward Expansion: Oklahoma! (grades 6-12)
Compare the idealized American West depicted in the songs “The Farmer and the Cowman,” “Oklahoma!”, and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to the reality of the intense struggle between ranchers, farmers, and Native communities.
The Progressive Era: Fiorello! (grades 6-12)
Examine the failures and triumphs of Progressive Era New York City through the songs “On the Side of Angels,” “Management’s Unfair”, “Little Tin Box,” and “The Names LaGuardia,” and then consider how political messages are spread to the voting population.
The Great Depression: Annie (grades 6-12)
Analyze the songs “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” and “Tomorrow” to discover how the economic trends of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression, and consider the ways radio plays were critical to maintaining American morale.
World War II: On the Town and This Is the Army (grades 6-12)
Explore the experience of WWII Navy men using the song “New York, New York” and then consider how African Americans responded to discrimination in the military and on the home front with “That’s What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear”
Puerto Rican Migration: West Side Story (grades 6-12)
Explore the perspective of Puerto Rican migrants to New York using the songs “Prologue” and “America,” and then investigate the impact of urban renewal on young people and their neighborhoods.