This song was written in the 1950s by an Irishman named Behan, who had friends in the IRA. It was a much requested song by IRA members, and recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Joan Baez, and others, as well as the Kingston Trio in the early 60s.
Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
(from Vassar: You never knew her, but Denise, or PumabyDesign, was one of the principal engines of this veterans site. She managed several other sites, built still others, while locked into a small apartment tending to a wheelchair bound husband. Twitter knew he by her logo:
During the dead of winter, March 21st 1944; Miles City, Montana; local residents woke to their quaint little town being overrun and submerged by the rising frozen waters of the Yellowstone river. Ice jams were building quickly, raising the subzero river water levels over 16 feet. As the blocks of ice, slush and freezing waters flooded into the city, residents were forced to flee their homes for safer grounds..
Teaching 11-12 years olds and 16-17 year olds is not the same.
My thinking is that younger kids should to be taught about America through Heroes, since I already know it works, while older kids, after years being immersed in the pop culture, are generally immune to such stories in the classroom. They need to be taught how “being American” is Relevant to the things important in their world, dots 4th graders can’t connect.