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This lesson plan offers a review of music produced during Vietnam era in response to the conflict, and additionally overviews American music made in response World War II, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria. Students will examine the tone of these songs, and recognize that the diversity of perspectives in a society during a time of war is often reflected in the music being produced.
What songs can you think of that deal with the subject of war or peace? Are there other songs that are more broadly either highly patriotic, or highly critical of problems in the country? Which are your favorites, and why? Students will answer these questions and more with the discussion guide below and the presentation (mp3 included!) and background essay included in the support materials.