Welcome to the spring 2015 course website for Music 345, a thematic survey of American music history from the 16th century to the present encompassing folk, popular, and art traditions. With the recent social, political, and musical turmoil surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in mind, this class investigates the intersections between American music and issues of race, identity, and representation. Students in the class conduct original research in primary source collections on a weekly basis, posting their findings on personal pages that are accessible in the list on the right. By the end of the semester, students will have curated a selection of their primary source findings in an exhibit in the main lobby of Rolvaag Library. Further materials and resources in support of the exhibit can also be found here.