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SUBJECTS — U.S./1865 - 1913 & Oklahoma; Drama/Musicals;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Musical; 1955, 145 minutes; Color.
Rogers and Hammerstein outdid themselves with this musical about courting in the Oklahoma Territory just before 1907, when Oklahoma became a state. Three generations of Americans have adored Oklahoma! The story is based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.
This classic is superbly sung, superbly acted, and superbly danced. It is the setting for beautiful songs such as: "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin," "People Will Say We're In Love," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "I Cain't Say No," "Kansas City," and "The Farmer and the Cowman." The dance accompanying "Kansas City" evokes the spirit of the American West better than any dance on film.
Oklahoma! describes an America of youth, vitality, and innocence whose problems were manageable and did not threaten the fabric of society. The song Kansas City expresses the wonder of rural people at the inventions that transformed life at the turn of the 20th century.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Oklahoma! helps teachers supplement curriculum on U.S. history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and expose children to beautiful music.
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Oklahoma! is simply fabulous. It is a great love story graced by beautiful music and for the most part, good dancing.
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As the U.S. added Western territories, they were administered by the federal government. For example, the marshal who arrests Curley is a federal official. The territories would petition to be admitted to the Union as states. Oklahoma territory became the 46th state in 1907. This movie takes place just before that time.
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