Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Musical geography.

More than a century before Schoolhouse Rock was an attempt to teach geography by setting rhymes to music, according to this post on Yale's Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities. It's not as catchy as "Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function?": "Texas is low and marshy near the coast/The north and west can hills and mountains boast/Jacinto battle, eighteen thirty-six/Caught Santa Anna in a doleful fix."

About the image: A geography class in Washington, DC, ca. 1899. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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