Civil War And The 1960s

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A History of Protest Music – Revolutionary War to the 1960s Protest music in the United States dates back to the 19th century. This protest music focused around subjects that were topical for the time period. Among these topics were the Civil War. Another topic was slavery, and its abolition. A final topic was women’s suffrage. A famous group of protest singers was the Hutchinson Family Singers. Their notoriety, which spanned the mid-19th century, began in 1839. Their songs about abolition were what they were known for. They also sang about the Civil War, the temperance movement, women’s suffrage, and other social reform movements. They are considered by many to be the precursors to famous 20th century protest singers-songwriters. “Negro spirituals” is a subgenre of music that many see as a form of protest music. The focus of the spirituals were slavery and oppression. Many well-known “Negro spirituals” draw influence from the troubles other oppressed groups in history faced. During the 20th century, there was protest music before the Vietnam War. The most common topic was the struggle for fair wages and working hours for the working class. Also, the attempt to unionize the American workforce. Another protest music topic was the Great War or World War I. There were songs protesting war in general. There were also songs that protested America’s involvement in what was considered a European war. A third protest music topic was the hardships of the 1920s and 1930s, such as the
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