Essay on The Effects of Peter Seeger Songs

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Peter Seeger, also known as Pete Seeger, - an individual, who was a musician, an author, and an activist, has helped change history by writing and singing songs, participating in anti-war marches, and fighting for the nation in battle. Pete wrote and sang folk songs that related to everyday life stories. His childhood was very cold and kept him very lonely. He later dropped out of Harvard and wanted to be an observer for all public affairs. He supported himself by painting farmhouses, playing his banjo, becoming a porter and singing folk songs in a bar. The 1930s through the 1970s, was a period of economic struggle, government reform, warfare and environmental reform. Seeger’s folk songs encouraged and involved the people of the United…show more content…
In late 1937, Roosevelt agreed to lessen the federal deficit spending to equal the budget, which would trigger a steep recession and a surge in unemployment. World War II had erupted in Europe in 1939. The D-Day landing marked the beginning of the allied invasion of Europe to defeat Germany in World War II. The Japanese attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This attack gave the United States no choice but to draw themselves into war with Japan. The Grand Alliance united the United States, Britain, and Soviets against Germany and Japan in 1942. In the same year, Hitler, German dictator, had sanctioned the mass extermination of “undesirables”, later known as the Holocaust.5 Among the undesirables were Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Poles and Soviet POWs.6 While the men were off to war, the women were taking over the jobs that the men had before they went off into war. Unemployment went down as the factory production increased. Women got lesser pay then men for similar work. Working women were told to keep their focus on the home and prepare to resume their lives as homemakers and mothers when the war ended. From an observer of the labor movement, Seeger became an active participant of the labor movement.7 He also became the director of the People Song organization. Many Japanese Americans, especially from Hawaii and the California coast were being put in concentration camps because of the Japanese attack on America.
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