This writing assignment is the summation of our week-long mini-unit on Songs of Social Justice. This is individual work and should be completed on your own, using your own notes.
You should have the following materials:
- Handouts, “Songs for Social Justice” (four songs), and “Prison Trilogy”
- Notes on excerpt from Joan Baez biography, “How Sweet the Sound”
- Notes on NPR story on Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize in literature
- Your notes on your classmates’ presentations on modern Social Justice songs
Using these materials, please answer the following questions as completely as possible (3-5 sentences each question).
To be complete, this assignment should be written in Google Docs and pasted in the comments section of this post. This should be completed and posted before the end of class today.
What are “Social Justice songs”? How would you define them?
How do you think social justice songs have changed since the 1960s and 1970s? Contrast and compare your knowledge of social justice songs then and now. What is similar? What is different? What do they have in common? (Hint: Making a Venn diagram for yourself may be helpful!)
Are there differences between the singers and/or songwriters you were exposed to from the 1940s (Woody Guthrie) and 1960s (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger) and 1970s, and the artists you and your classmates chose that created songs post-1990?
What are some outside factors that have contributed to differences between social justice songs in the 1960s and those created more recently? Explain.
Do you think social justice songs are important? Why or why not?