The Contemporary Roles of Labor Songs

24 Pages Posted: 18 May 2011 Last revised: 16 May 2012

David L. Gregory

St. John's University - School of Law

Raymond A. Franklin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 10, 2010

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1844571 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1844571

David L. Gregory

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

Raymond A. Franklin (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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