Junior and Senior Elective

This course will explore the history of American social protest movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, through the lens of protest music. It will focus on the social protest movements themselves, the music that helped fuel them, and their larger social, political, and economic context. The class will examine the role of protest music in expressing anger, hope, a desire for change, as well as rallying others to the cause, and influencing popular opinion. Topics will include the Civil Rights Movement, the 1960s anti-war movement, feminism, the LGBTQ rights movement, and others.