Industrial Revolution through Folk Music
Bev & Jerry Praver
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 12:00pm
Music 2 - Room #108

The Industrial Revolution has had monumental effects on the lives of human beings. It has filled our homes with material goods and changed our lifestyles from rural to urban. It has stimulated the immigration of millions of people to America from all over the world. It has created the working class and labor unions and has freed us from having to work most of our waking hours. It has also polluted the air, the rivers, the oceans and the land and has made us more efficient and less personal.

Using folk songs, this workshop will trace the history of the industrial revolution from the making of textiles in farm houses in England to the appearance of modern factories. Topics include the first textile mills in England, child labor, the rise of the industrial revolution in America, the arrival of steam power, and the effects of automation and foreign competition.

Bev and Jerry Praver have been singing together for nearly 50 years and they were full-time folk musicians for 19 years. During their long career they have presented more than 5,000 school programs and more than 300 programs at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon. They have also presented this workshop at the Free Folk Festival in 2009 and four times as part of an Elderhostel program called History of America through Folksong.