Criticism And Symbolism In Strange Fruit, By Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger was born on May 3, 1919 in Patterson, NY. Having been raised in a musical family, Seeger picked up a love for music throughout his childhood years. He later became one of the most well known American folk singers. Seeger spent the first years of his career collaborating with singer-songwriter, Woody Guthrie. Both artists, Seeger and Guthrie, shared similar point of views, in that they were both social activists. In 1948, Seeger continued his music with an American folk quartet called The Weavers. Not long after Pete Seeger had joined The Weavers, he was blacklisted by the government, causing the end of the quartet group. Although the group ended, Seeger continued to record and perform songs.
Pete Seeger’s songs impacted the American people in many ways, mainly because he was an activist of so many different social issues. He was an environmental activist, an anti-war activist, and a civil right
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The song ‘Strange Fruit’ is one of the most popular civil rights movement songs. It horrifically reveals the scale of racism and inhuman acts America’s past holds. Holiday poetically and metaphorically describes the horrible sight of black men being hung on trees. The song utilizes a large amount of description and imagery to create a vivid and haunting image in the minds of its listeners. In an article, Elizabeth Blair, states “While the lyrics never mention lynching, the metaphor is painfully clear.” Additionally, Holiday adds more meaning to the lyric by performing the song with so much emotion towards the cause. Although, most people would describe the song as an unpleasant and distressing thing to hear, Holiday made sure the cause she was fighting for received the attention it deserved. The grieving she expressed by singing it, united the African American people by reminding them that they are together in their battle against racism and

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