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The Contemporary Roles of Labor Songs


David L. Gregory


St. John's University - School of Law

Raymond A. Franklin


affiliation not provided to SSRN

August 10, 2010

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1844571

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Music has played a critical role for workers throughout the history of the labor movement. Music gives an opportunity to rebel. It gives an opportunity to argue policy. It gives an opportunity to be heard. Songs written in protest, or in furtherance of a cause, give a sense of historical and political climate of a particular era. This article, “The Contemporary Roles of Labor Songs” draws attention to three especially important periods in the shaping of labor history, the 1930s, 1960s and 1980s, highlighting the representative impact a particular song - “Which Side Are You On?,” “Salt of the Earth,” and “There is Power in a Union" - had in each of these decades.

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Date posted: May 18, 2011 ; Last revised: May 16, 2012

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Gregory, David L. and Franklin, Raymond A., The Contemporary Roles of Labor Songs (August 10, 2010). St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1844571. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1844571 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1844571

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David L. Gregory
St. John's University - School of Law ( email )
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Jamaica, NY 11439
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Raymond A. Franklin (Contact Author)
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