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History Behind Song Lyrics : U.S. History II - Ms. Fernicola, Mr. Muller, Mr. Illiano  

Use this guide to help you research the various people, places, and events referenced in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" lyrics.
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Billy Joel

  • Facts on File History Databases
    Use this link to discover information in ALL FOF history databases with one search.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - eBooks
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  • Gale: U.S. History in Context
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  • NY Times Historical Newspaper
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  • Middle Search Plus
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  • Global Issues in Context
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Web Resources: History

Lyrics: We Didn't Start the Fire by Joel

Note to Researchers: Good researchers use MULTIPLE SOURCES for newspaper stories and EVALUATE them for credibility, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose (CRAAP Test). Every website you use as a source needs to be evaluated by YOU to insure that it lives up to research standards required by your newspaper.

  • "We Didn't Start the Fire" History Summary by Decade
  • Library of Congress
    is a great source to find historical documents, photos, art, maps, audio and video, artifacts and other items. The American Memory section organizes items based on topics, time periods and places of American history. The World Digital Library, a cooperative project with UNESCO, includes rare documents from around the world.

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