Oklahoma Land Rush
From Plank Road Publishingby John Riggio
Land! That was the promise of the Oklahoma Land Rush. On April 22nd, 1889, tens of thousands of settlers were lined up at the Oklahoma border, waiting for the signal to go. Thanks to the Homestead Act of 1862, the U.S. government was giving away free land, up to 160 acres per applicant. So when the cannon fired, you can imagine the multitude of people racing to stake their claim. History was being made.
With an Old West vibe, this song has everything you need: guitars, fiddles, banjo, washboard, a cow, horses, a really great horn rip - what more could you ask for? And given the historic nature of the topic of the song, it's another prime example of bringing music across the curriculum, reinforcing the lessons of other subjects. (from Music K-8, Vol. 19, No. 4)
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