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This unit touches on some of the many stories of migration and upheaval in 19th century North America.  Topics and songs may include:

Starting Out

Railroads & Canals

  • Drill, Ye Tarriers (lyrics) [video]
  • E-Ri-E (lyrics) [video]
  • Erie Canal (lyrics) [video]
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad (lyrics)
  • If I Die a Railroad Man (lyrics)
  • John Henry (lyrics)
  • To Work Upon the Railway (lyrics)

Guns & Gold

  • Black Jack Davy (lyrics)
  • California (lyrics)
  • Colorado Trail (lyrics)
  • Fools of ’49 (lyrics)
  • O Susanna (lyrics)
  • Streets of Laredo (lyrics)

SEE ALSO: Conflicts (1840s-1870s)