The original "To Anacreon in Heaven" was composed around 1775 and was later put to Key's poem and became the national anthem of the U.S. in 1931
Trail of Tears (what was it? Date range)
1838 - 1839
This is when Andrew Jackson forced many Native Americans (namely the Cherokee) out of their land and forced them to move west because they discovered gold.
Slave Songs of the United States (date published; also significance)
This was the first publication of slave spirituals and was very influential in that it provided a way for others to be introduced to this music and also for it to be preserved.
“We Shall Overcome” (when adopted by the Civil Rights mvt)
The song was brought back to light in 1945 and was used by workers in the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union in Charleston, South Carolina, when they went on strike at an American Tobacco Company cigar factory
Cajun: (1st commercial recording)
By Joe Falcon and Cléoma Breaux ("Allons à Lafayette")
God Bless America (Kate Smith Recording)
Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial
April 9, 1939
This Land is Your Land (Guthrie's Recording)
originally written in 1940 and first released in 1951.
¨Folk Song U.S.A.: the 111 Best American Ballads (date published; also significance)
It is significant because before Alan Lomax put this anthology together, there was not too much effort put forth to preserve the American Folk Song.