A Soldier 's Sacrifice : Military Influence On The Twentieth Century

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A Soldier’s Sacrifice: Military Influence in Music into the Twentieth Century The progressive era was a period of social activism and political reform that tested the strength of the country’s military. The devastating conflict of World War permeated much distress, that resulted in many American troops to be deployed overseas in active warzones. Music became a prominent feature on the battlefield and home front. The destruction of war created a motivation for political change and an inspiration to many artists. The strength of the American solider became an influence for the ideal man who was a caring husband, son, patriot, and proud protector of his country. Furthermore, the American male image was utilized by the government for…show more content…
He describes her heart to be “filled with pain” and “full of despair” when she sends him off to his inevitable death in which “he will never return again”. Dresser lyrics detail the agony of a mother handing over her son to the army, assured of his death, proving that mothers were deeply impacted from the effects of war. “Just A Lock of Hair For Mother” by Andrew Sterling also shows this relationship between mother and son. The mother is illustrated to be one of the most important role in the softheartedness that a soldier may have for someone back home. Multiple songs have this centered around the relationship of a woman and son to evoke empathy. “Her Boy In Blue” by Chas W. Doty uses this tenderness when expressing a military husband and wife. Even after the soldier has left, the girl that he left will “always be true”. The roles of a brother or father are not mentioned in the militaristic pieces and would mostly likely be considered odd, if so. This is because of the gentleness that the mother or wife gives that the audience of the piece can relate to and create a deeper effect on the pain at which war causes to families back home. The perception of military men is caring, loyal, and loving family men that miss home. However, women were not the only objects used to represent the identity of a solider. Doty’s “Her Boy In Blue” places
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