Peekskill Riots: An American Folk Revival Essay

  Leading up to the Civil rights congress benefit concert, Paul Robeson approached the House committee on unamerican activities to oppose a proposed bill that would require communists to register as foreign agents; the year proceeding Robeson had made the transformation from a primary singer to a civil rights activist, known for his domestic and … Continue reading Peekskill Riots: An American Folk Revival Essay

Fellow Traveler: An American Folk Revival Essay

The second red scare was a epidemic of paranoia that spread through all states of America; a seven year period of moral panic and political witch hunts under the era of McCarthyism. Senator Joseph McCarthy encouraged heavy right wing political correctness through anonymous and unfounded accusations of treason and subversion. While America first supported these … Continue reading Fellow Traveler: An American Folk Revival Essay

There But For Fortune: An American Folk Revival Essay

In the January of 1963, George Wallace became Governor of Alabama, proclaiming in his inaugural speech ‘segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!’. This was only the beginning of what the country and generation would have to endeavour; humanity was spiralling as quick as the democratic and republican platforms. Many were beginning to share their … Continue reading There But For Fortune: An American Folk Revival Essay

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?: An American Folk Revival Essay

In the October of 1955, while Pete Seeger was plane bound to Oberlin College, the rest of the world seemed to be advancing in nuclear weaponry and a second red scare was erupting. The pentagon had announced their plans to develop intercontinental Ballistic Missiles armed with nuclear weapons, and First Lady Mammie Eisenhower had just … Continue reading Where Have All The Flowers Gone?: An American Folk Revival Essay

From California To The New York Island: An American Folk Revival Essay

Referred to as American’s folk national anthem, This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie has served as the voice of not only the generation of World War two, but has also been carried through the generation of the Vietnam war and the current War on terror. Some have analysed the song as a Marxist … Continue reading From California To The New York Island: An American Folk Revival Essay