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Lesson Plans for John Brown

These plans were developed by CAP (Curriculum Arts Project) at symphonyspace and are reproduced here with their permission.

The story of "America" is a tale of discovery, settlement, growth, expansion, continuing social and political change, filled with human drama. The narrative of this tale is related not only in history textbooks, but also in the music, dance, paintings, poetry and prose created by the people who have lived and experienced this unfolding history.

The following lesson plans examine John Brown, the controversial militant abolitionist, exploring various perspectives of his character and actions as expressed through paintings by various artists, period newspaper articles, and quotes by contemporaries.

Will the Real John Brown Please Stand Up!

Bring a Painting to Life



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