Multiculturalism and Social Justice in the American Musical Theatre (History/Social Science Elective; US)

Grades 11–12

The American Musical Theatre has always acted as a real-time reflection of American society and for much of its history, has defined international popular entertainment. From the beginnings of the genre in minstrelsy, through the Golden Age of Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Hamilton today, musical theatre has been at the forefront of American popular culture and has often led the charge in important movements such as gender equality, civil rights, immigration, and LGBTQ rights. Students explore the American narrative through the lens of the musical theatre using primary and secondary sources, including texts, films, images, recordings, libretti, and musical scores. Students will study the birth, development, and ascendance of the Broadway musical as social commentary and its defining effect on the national story.


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