Blowin’ in the Wind
Blowin’ in the Wind was originally written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released in 1963. It became a hit when it was performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1669. It became the anthem for the civil rights movement (http://library.thinkquest.org/18249/timeline/civil.shtml and also the Vietnam peace movementhttp://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/his1005fall2010/2010/11/22/blowin-in-the-wind/. The song became the embodiment of social protest in America in the 1960’s.. With the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War being such an integral part of American history and world history this song is arguably the most important song written in the last 100 years. This song was used at various protests and marches in the civil rights movement. It was used to motivate and inspire the youth of the generation. It not only inspired those that agreed with the cause but it drew attention to many that weren’t informed of the issues. In drawing attention the cause gained more followers, so not only did people feel connected to this song but it actually helped change America. In addition the song was used to motivate protest against the Vietnam War. A war that lasted almost nineteen years (http://www.vietnamwarfacts.net/) undoubtedly had profound effects on American culture. Any song that played a role in this conflict, or the conflict against this conflict if you will, also has profound effects upon American culture. (Conclusion) Inspiring a generation to protest against the powers that be and fight against the injustices they saw Blowin’ in the Wind was certainly the most influential song in America’s recent history.
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