Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
HISTORY ON BROADWAY TOPICS
The American Revolution: 1776 (grades 4 – 8)
Learn about the political debates that shaped the Declaration of Independence, then explore the experiences of enslaved people in New York during the Revolutionary War.
Songs: “Sit Down, John!” and “Molasses to Rum to Slaves”
Westward Expansion: Oklahoma! (grades 4 – 8)
Compare the idealized American West of Oklahoma! to the realities of the conflict over land, and consider the consequences of this struggle for ranchers, farmers, and Native Americans.
Songs: “The Farmer and the Cowman,” “Oklahoma!” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”
The Great Depression: Annie (grades 7 – 11)
Discover how the economic trends of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression, and why photographs, radio plays, popular music, and other media were critical to American morale.
Songs: “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” and “Tomorrow”
World War II: On the Town and This Is the Army (grades 7 – 11)
Analyze wartime industrial production’s impact on the American workforce, then consider how African Americans respond to discrimination in the military and on the home front.
Songs: “New York, New York” and “That’s What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear”
Puerto Rican Migration: West Side Story (grades 7 – 11)
Explore the motivations and experiences of Puerto Rican migrants to New York, then investigate the impact of urban development on young people and their neighborhoods.
Songs: “Prologue” and “America”