Try these musical interpretations of the French Revolution and the Canterbury Tales by a group called historyteachers. Much more edifying than the Cliffnotes we had.
Treppenwitz: I don't notice historyteachers poeticizing American history. This would be a important mission for conservative artists--imagine a video of the Boston Tea Party, for example. The Internet allows the insignificant to outwit the mighty.
Don't forget "1776," the musical production (available on video) that did a rather good job of portraying the major issues and movers and shakers in the Revolution. It was produced at the 1976 bicentennial.