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Protest song
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Protest song

A protest song is often a kind of folk music, but in recent times protest songs come from all genres of music, including punk rock and rap. Such songs become popular during times of social disruption and among socially neglected groups and their supporters. They rail against injustice, racial discrimination, war, globalization, inflation, social inequalities and the like.

Folk songs occur throughout history, as in the American Revolutionary War and in the abolitionist movement of the 1800s. In the 20th century, the union movement, the Great Depression and the Vietnam War also spawned protest songs. Some protest music traditions also date back to the American Civil War, when traditional songs such as 'We Shall Overcome' served as protest songs.

A common form of protest song, with acoustic guitar and harmonica, was popularized by the work of Woody Guthrie during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

Table of contents
1 Protest songs regarding unions and labor
2 Protest songs concerning racism, apartheid and civil rights
3 Protest songs concerning terrorism
4 Protest songs concerning war
5 Protest songs concerning nuclear weapons
6 Protest songs concerning politicians or world leaders
7 Protest songs against police or authority
8 Protest songs concerning poverty
9 Protest songs concerning governments and imperialism
10 Protest songs concerning feminism
11 Protest songs concerning environmentalism
12 Protest songs concerning prohibition and the War on Drugs
13 Protest songs concerning heroin, drug abuse, and drug culture
14 Protest songs concerning globalization and corporate dominance
15 Protest songs concerning guns and violence
16 Protest songs concerning materialism
17 Protest songs concerning slavery
18 Protest songs concerning the persecution of homosexuals
19 Protest songs concerning television
20 Protest songs concerning music critics and the music industry
21 Protest songs concerning animal rights and meat consumption
22 Protest songs concerning protest songs
23 Protest songs concerning Youth Rights
24 Protest songs concerning Land Rights
25 Other protest songs
26 Some protest song artists
27 External links

Protest songs regarding unions and labor

Protest songs concerning racism, apartheid and civil rights

Protest songs concerning terrorism

Protest songs concerning war

Protest songs concerning nuclear weapons

Protest songs concerning politicians or world leaders

Protest songs against police or authority

Protest songs concerning poverty

Protest songs concerning governments and imperialism

Protest songs concerning feminism

Protest songs concerning environmentalism

Protest songs concerning prohibition and the War on Drugs

Protest songs concerning heroin, drug abuse, and drug culture

Protest songs concerning globalization and corporate dominance

Protest songs concerning guns and violence

Protest songs concerning materialism

Protest songs concerning slavery

Protest songs concerning the persecution of homosexuals

Protest songs concerning television

Protest songs concerning music critics and the music industry

Protest songs concerning animal rights and meat consumption

Protest songs concerning protest songs

Protest songs concerning Youth Rights

Protest songs concerning Land Rights

Other protest songs

Some protest song artists

External links