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Updated: 01/03/2018 08:30:19AM

The beat goes on: music and the Vietnam War

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Mary Beth Isaacson


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Who’s your favorite musician? Everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to music, whether you like classical or hip hop. Music is much more than entertainment; it is a reflection of whatever is currently going on in a society, especially when that society is at war. Our country’s national anthem was written during the War of 1812, inspired by the triumphant flag flown over Fort McHenry after the American victory in the Battle of Baltimore. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is one of the many songs written during the Civil War. World War I songs range from the sentimental “Goodbye, Goodbye, Soldier Boy,” to the inspirational “Over There,” to the militaristic “Kicking the Kaiser Around.”

By World War II, almost everyone had access to a radio, including soldiers at war.

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