The Anthem For The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1566 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
"We Shall Overcome" by Peter Seeger, many would describe to be the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement or 1960s Civil Rights Movement (sometimes referred to as the "African-American Civil Rights Movement" although the term "African American" was not widely used in the 1950s and 1960s). It encompasses social movements in the United States whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African-Americans and to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law. During this period many folk and blues artists music were protest songs, to speak out against the justice of Blacks and other unconstitutional acts. This music not only protested the injustice but it brought together people of all ethnicity/race, social class and regions, in solidarity to form major campaigns of civil resistance. The conventional protest melodies in the United States goes way beyond the nineteen century and into the colonial period, the American Revolutionary War and the corollary. In the nineteenth century, topical subjects for protest songs included abrogation, subjugation, destitution, and the Civil War among different subjects. In the twentieth century civil liberties, women 's rights, financial injustice, governmental issues and war were among the well-known subjects for protest songs. This paper will explore the protest song "We Shall Overcome" and its impact on the civil rights movement and the…

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