Slaves, Soldiers & Abolitionists: The Music of the Civil War Era with Kevin Comtois

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Thursday, Sep 1, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Kevin Comtois offers his unique insight while reviewing the racism, ideology, politics and social conditions of antebellum America with the various songs and music of the Civil War Era. Kevin will emphasize the struggle for freedom as expressed in the songs of Slaves, the ideological songs of Abolitionists and the music of singing soldiers from both the north and south. Kevin currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History, American Government, and American Civics at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Kevin taught at Northern Essex Community College (NECC), Merrimack College, Quincy College, The Tsongas Industrial History Center, as well as many High Schools in the Merrimack Valley. Kevin created a course on the history of American music and served as Social Studies Department Chair. At NECC Kevin developed and taught an Honors Colloquium titled: The Social and Political History of American Music.

Kevin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A in American Civilization from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2015 Kevin published his first book titled: Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.