Red Scare Essay

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Whether it is realized or not, music is a very prevalent tool in the American society. From commercial jingles to songs about love, music can be used to mirror the ideals of a culture and provide insight to specific, recurring themes throughout history. “…Comparative musicology, which is the study of musical styles and systems from different societies, an integral part of general musicology; and musical anthropology, the study of the role music plays in human societies, an integral part of general anthropology.” (Turino 1525) It was not until the birth of Rock and Roll that music really began to blatantly share ideas and grievances of the youth of the United States. But there was none so prevalent an era as the 60s that used music as a powerful …show more content…
It was a larger part of the Containment strategy enforced to combat Communism. The Second Red Scare placed more pressure on the American government to do something about Communism. Senator Joseph McCarthy decides to take action by then inadvertently creating the idea of McCarthyism, which is to falsely accuse someone without proper evidence. It is very similar to the French Revolution where the revolutionary appetite caused citizens arrests of those with “probable” cause of suspicion, and they would be promptly executed. While those in the United States did not get executed, they were not granted a fair due process of the law. Thousands of Americans were being accused of being Communist sympathizers and were tried or blacklisted. As a result many were imprisoned and even more lost their jobs. It affected all levels of Americans which is why it also angered so many people. The government was actively destroying its relationship with its …show more content…
By the end of the song, its the soldiers’ graves’ that are then covered in flowers. To only did they sing of political issues, but social as well. The social message is very prevalent in Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome”. Their music really connected to the college students who needed something else than mainstream

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