From Puritans and Native Americans; through the founders and pioneers; to the immigrants of Ellis Island and today’s newcomers, Americans have used music, paintings, poetry, dance and architecture to express the essence of life in America.
Professor Carol takes you on location across America to experience its history in color and sound. Travel with her as she interviews the miller at Mount Vernon, the West Point Hellcats, a cajun accordion maker, Ponca dancers, the blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and the curator of the Dentzel Carousel. Visit the Mission San Gregorio de Abo, the Baltimore Basilica, Old North Church, Shiloh Battlefield, Ellis Island, and Congo Square in New Orleans. Additional commentary from many scholars and experts takes you from William Billings to Charles Ives, Phillis Wheatley to Robert Frost, through the Hudson River painters, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Rock and Roll, and much more!
Study guides available for free on Professor Carol's web site.
About the Seller
Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does. She has worked with The Smithsonian since 2011 as a speaker on ocean and river cruises and as a study leader for Smithsonian Journeys. A native Virginian (Roanoke) and retired professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she received her bachelor’s degree from Hollins College and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in German and Russian. Carol is a passionate advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly for arts organizations and at educational conferences. Her unprecedented Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture has reached students across the world. Professor Carol’s courses also cover America’s Artistic Legacy, Russian Culture, and the history of Sacred Music from Temple times through the Middle Ages.