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July 14, 2020

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Ellen Wertheimer

Thanks so much for posting this wonderful version of a wonderful song. In the 1960s, there was a movement to replace The Star Spangled Banner with this song as the national anthem. As we all know today, it did not succeed.

People often ignore the political content of folk songs. Perhaps the politics of the folk song movement were lost to McCarthyism (The Weavers, among many, were blacklisted as part of his hideous efforts). If so, we all need to be wary of the long term consequences of vile political phenomena like McCarthyism.

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