I need support with this History question so I can learn better.
Instructions on the songs below: You might do a little research on each one so that you have some context as you connect each to the reading on the Civil War. Feel free in your essay to address some of the points I raise just below.
1) “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written by Julia Ward Howe, who was a devoted abolitionist and whose husband was a major financial supporter of John Brown. Think about how that informs the lyrics. The Judy Collins version below changes the original wording in the line that begins “As he died to make men holy…” Think about the alteration and the possible reason for it.
2) “Follow the Drinking Gourd” is a song that in which the lyrics are coded; that is, they conceal the real meaning. Start with the drinking gourd. See if you can find out what it is and where it might lead.
3) “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” references bells ringing and people singing. Who was singing and why? As I write this, people were literally dancing in the streets in many cities the day before. Perhaps there are interesting parallels.
Okay, here’s your essay:
In a good, detailed essay of at least 12 to 14 sentences, analyze the three assigned songs. Comment on each song, telling me what you think of it and what it teaches you about the Civil War. Tell me which song is your favorite and fully explain the reason why. Finally, tell me the most interesting or important thing you learned about the Civil War from your reading of Chapter 15. In this part, you must cite one page from the Shi text in order to get any credit for this answer.