This semester I am teaching a course in American immigration history. One of the things I like to do at the start of every class is play an immigrant song. I play everything from Seeger to Guthrie to Diamond to Springsteen to Zeppelin to Genesis. I play Irish immigrant songs and a lot of American folk music.
I am trying to build my immigrant song library. Which songs would you suggest I play for my class this semester?
BTW: We are starting things off tomorrow afternoon with Springsteen, “Land of Hopes and Dreams.”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXGNq2-S06I&hl=en_US&fs=1&]