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Singing for Peace: Antiwar Songs in American History / Edition 1

Singing for Peace: Antiwar Songs in American History / Edition 1

by Ronald D Cohen, Will Kaufman


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Wars have dominated the history of the United States since its founding, but there has also been a long history of antiwar activity. Peace songs have emerged out of every military conflict involving the United States.
"Singing for Peace" vividly portrays this rich antiwar history, beginning in the eighteenth century and continuing into the twenty-first.Most of the twentieth-century output was dominated by folk groups and acoustic singer-songwriters. The Vietnam War saw the increased dovetailing of folk and rock music, so that rock and folk-rock took on an ever-larger share of protest activity, then punk, metal, hip-hop, and rap. The authors draw upon a wide range of primary and secondary sources, while quoting many popular and lesser-known song lyrics, and including a range of photos and illustrations. These songs have long served to both shape and reveal the feelings of citizens opposed to America s wars."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612058078
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ronald D. Cohen is Emeritus Professor of History, Indiana University–Northwest. He is the author and/or editor of Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940–1970 (2002), Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge: The Library of Congress Letters, 1935–1945 (2011), Woody Guthrie: Writing America’s Songs (2012), and The Pete Seeger Reader (2014).

Will Kaufman is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. His previous books include The Civil War in American Culture (2006), American Culture in the 1970s (2009), and Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: From the Colonial Era to 1900
Chapter 2: From World War I into the 1950s
Chapter 3: The Early Sixties
Chapter 4: The Later Sixties
Chapter 5: Peace Songs since 1970

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