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    of political and social activism. This generation was swept off its feet by many different song writers who were not afraid to sing in protest of our government. A simple song, can have the power to change the minds and heart of a country, and how they affect or reflect our thoughts about the government and our experiences as American citizens. There were songs created that spoke out against anti-war and political protests. If there is any type of social injustice in this world, there will always be people protesting these injustices through music. Some protest songs from the 1960’s became anthems and still resonate today. The protest song from the 1960’s that I chose to do a textual analysis on is called Give peace a chance, by John Lennon. The song was released in 1969. During the 1970’s, this song became an anthem of the American anti-war movement. This was about war in general and the Vietnam war. One of the themes for this song is peace. “All we are saying is give peace a chance” (John Lennon Lyrics, 2017, p.1 Album, Live Peace in Toronto 1969). John Lennon’s song, give peace a chance, was telling people to strive for peace and not war. The lyrics for this song were a way for Lennon too voice his own personal views on peace and…

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    Protest Songs Movement

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    This paper will answer the following research question: how did the tactic of freedom songs used in the Civil Rights Movement support the relational approach to social movements in its argument that individuals mobilize due to their social relationships with others? There is a lack of theoretical research in the field of academia regarding the relationship of protest songs and social movements, and their influence on collective action. Protest songs are essentially symbolic compositions that…

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    Draft Dodger Rag Essay

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    Throughout the years, music has been used to protest events going on in the world. One of the most notable events that musicians had protested through music is the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Phil Ochs was one of many protest singers of the era, his song “Draft Dodger Rag” protested the draft that occurred during the war. In 1965, the United States started to send soldiers to fight in the Vietnam War. To make the army larger, the U.S. used what is called the draft. This…

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    Pete Seeger Influence

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    by the government for being members of a communist party through the time of the 'Red Scare' which in the US was about (Socialist) revolution and political radicalism. In this essay I will explore a few of Pete Seeger's most influential songs, and what messages they sent to people in the US. Even…

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    Over the course of the 1960s, causes to protest were not uncommon. For events such as the Civil Rights Movement and especially the Vietnam War, people fought, people cried, and people rioted, peacefully and not. All of this is documented today in the music that came out of that era. The biggest inspiration for protest music in the sixties, even greater than the Civil Rights Movement, was the Vietnam War. Starting around 1957 and lasting till 1975, standing as America’s longest war, Vietnam was…

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    artists use their songs to express their feelings, and their concerns over issues. As the years have progressed, we have seen how artists have become more vocal on issues that are have been occurring in the United States. One of the main points in history that we have seen in this course, in my opinion, has been the Civil Rights Movement. One of the artists that without a doubt stood out to me the most, was James Brown. He was nicknamed "The Godfather of Soul," "Soul Brother Number 1," "The…

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    Injustice And Music

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    Injustice and struggle have been prevalent throughout the world and music has been a key factor in bringing people together to fight for a cause, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the apartheid in South Africa. From these tribulations, people gave rise to songs such as We Shall Overcome and Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, to unite, to feel a sense of comfort and hope. The songs We Shall Overcome and Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika have become musical representations of triumph over the injustice within…

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    “How did the protest music performed by Pete Seeger empower people during the 1960s to stand against social norms when the United States was faced with multiple problems, such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement?” Title For many centuries, music has been an unwavering force in society, offering entertainment for various ceremonies and events, while also providing an outlet for creative expression. Most people see the entertainment factor in music, but fail to realize the power music…

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    What is protest music? In general, most people would say protest music is songs connected to current or previous events. According to Salamishah Tillet, “Young musicians, some famous, others grassroots, are finding their role in today’s social movements through a simultaneous revival and redefinition of the protest song tradition.” I agree with Salamishah Tillet that musicians are trying to find their role in life by exploring life. (I like how you put your own personal feelings you have towards…

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    Daniel Dolan Mrs. Jankowski, p.7 American History III February 23, 2016 How Did Music in the 1960’s change the public opinion during Vietnam As the War in Vietnam raged on the people in America started to turn against it. Protests and protest music fueled the youth of the generation, with only peace and happiness to offer. The protest movement actually prospered when famous musicians and celebrities joined the movement. However, this movement was not popular with the older generations…

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