Last week, I gave students in my U.S. History survey course the opportunity to submit creative un-papers for their weekly discussion prompt. The topic of the week’s module was the Early American Republic. Two students wrote original songs.
Sydney Shaw wrote an anti-Jacobin ditty to the tune of “I am a Girl Like You” from the movie Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (yes, that is an actual movie), and Sloane Vasko wrote an original composition titled “I’m not Helpless” about the decision that Sally Hemings faced in returning from Paris to the United States. Sloane offered to record both tunes so I could share them online. The first song made me laugh, the second made me cry. What more could a professor ask?