Constant or Changing Conditions That Lead to Rejection or Embracement of Continuity or Change in Lyric Trends

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Constant or Changing Conditions That Lead to Rejection or Embracement of Continuity or Change in Lyric Trends Who would have ever predicted that the traditional 1915 song, America, I Love You (Reublin, 2004) would become Anti-Flag¡¦s North America Sucks by the year 1998? Or 1775¡¦s The King¡¦s Regulars (History in a Song, 2004) become 2001¡¦s Son of a Bush? Since the American Revolution of 1775 to present-day September 11th attacks and United States¡¦ war with Iraq, artists have taken advantage of their freedom of expression during conflicts by incorporating their own philosophies into their lyrics. When central themes of these wartime lyrics are analzed in chronological order, they show patterns that reflect the dichotomy of…show more content…
However, the Civil Rights Movement during the Vietnam War in the 1960¡¦s brought inequality into public attention which contradicted the Dream. As Civil Rights Worker John Otis Sumrall explained in a 1966 speech, ¡§There are more black people now being inducted in the armed services in the South simply because¡Kthe white people are afraid of [Civil Rights]¡KIf they can¡¦t shoot [us]¡Kthey use the legal way and draft us into the army.¡¨ Also, Martin Luther King Jr wrote in his Letter From Birmingham Jail that ¡§a law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law.¡¨ Men getting drafted into the military at age 18 when the current voting age then was 21 could relate (Galt, 2000). In addition to this inequality, poverty and homelessness from the competitive capitalist economy has further denied the Dream. Although poverty was present in the past, it was after America was exempt from paying taxes to England, thus poverty was not given much attention considering the surrounding period. So now due

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