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Protest Movements & Music

Learn about American protest movements through music. These links include several audio clips and highlight musical protests from WWI to today. Learn about how music is used as a form of protest in various contexts. Includes eThemes resources from Decades: 1960-1969.


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Learn about Phil Ochs as one of the more notable protest songwriters of the 1960's. This site has information about Phil Ochs's life, images, and related performers as well as lyrics to his songs.
This site has clips of several influential protest songs.
This site includes several protest songs and a short interview to go along with each one. Included on the site is: "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan, "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "What's Going On" byMarvin Gaye, and more. NOTE: RealPlayer is required.
This site highlights different eras in American history where protest music has been written and performed. Learn about the different reasons behind protest music in America's history.
Listen to this song written in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
This site talks about student's roles in the 1960's protest movements.
This site has a version of "Don't Take My Darling Boy Away" which was an early protest to America's involvement in World War I. NOTE: Songs are available in both Scorch and Midi file formats
This site details poets from the WWI era who opposed the war. Learn more about how poets used their pens as tools for protest.
These sites are about the major events of the 1960s including Woodstock, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and anti-war protests. Learn about this decade's popular fashion, TV shows, and baby names. There are links to eThemes Resources on Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students research and analyze contemporary and historic protest songs and then as a class catalog their findings in a wiki.

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