This course examines the way that music and sports shape the way we imagine the past.

Do pop songs and big league sports reinforce national myths or produce deeper understandings of where we’ve come from? Is mass entertainment a valid way to make sense of history? And who gets to decide which lessons we take from looking at music and sports in the past times? Historians? Corporations? The public?

Students in this class will explore all these questions and develop a multisided understanding of how music and sports have impacted American history and how narratives about the past inform these activities in the present.