Historical Background


Beginning and End of Unit Activities; Assessment Strategies

“Once More! Our God Vouchsafe to Shine
Words by Samuel Sewall; tune "The Ten Commandments," 1701
A song expressing English motivations for "taming" the continent

Death of General Wolfe
Words by Anonymous; tune "Bold Wolfe," 1760
The story of the British general who became a hero during the French and Indian War

Tobacco's But an Indian Weed
George Wither, 1662
Sung while harvesting the American colonies' first cash crop

Welcome, Welcome, Brother Debtor
Words by Francis Williams, 1740s; tune "What is Greater Joy and Pleasure," 1730
A song from a popular ballad opera, The Prisoner's Opera

Round the Corner, Sally" and "Round the Corn, Sally"
Traditional, 1700s
African American field song later adapted as a traditional sailing song

Children in the Woods
Anonymous, 1595
A song that expresses the way children were regarded in the 16th and 17th centuries

New England's Annoyances
Anonymous, 1643
A song detailing life in the early New England colonies

En roulant ma boule
Traditional, 1600s
A paddling song of the French voyageurs and fur traders

A Friendly Invitation to a New Plantation
Words by Anonymous; tune "Tom O'Bedlam," 1638
A "recruiting" song urging Puritans to settle in New England

La courte paille (The Short Straw)
Traditional, c. 1755
French Acadians tell what happened after the British exiled them from their home

Old Hundred
Bay Psalm Book, 1640
The 100th Psalm from a Puritan psalter, a book of Psalms set in meter for singing

Let Us Break Bread Together
Traditional, c. 1676
African American spiritual used to call a secret meeting

Alabado (Song of Praise)
Traditional, 1600s
A hymn from the Spanish missions of California

God Save the King”
Anonymous, c. 1745
The royal anthem of England was proudly shared by the colonists during this period


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