Unit 8: Post-WWII United States, 1946-1973

United/Divided | War & Peace | Work | Home | Moving Along | Faith & Ideals


"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round"


Lyric source

"Mississippi Goddam"

Nina Simone, 1964

Lyric source

"A Change is Gonna Come"

Sam Cooke, 1963

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"People Get Ready"

Curtis Mayfield, 1965

Lyric source

"Now That the Buffalo's Gone"

Buffy Saint Marie, 1964

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"Japanese Rumba"

Jerry Miller, 1955

"The Sukiyaki Song"

Ue o Muite Aruko, 1961

Lyric source

“We Shall Overcome”

Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan, Pete Seeger

1960 Gospel hymn turned Civil Rights anthem

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“The Times They Are A-Changin”

Bob Dylan, 1963
A folk song about the inevitability of change

Lyric source | Recording | Recording online


Otis Redding, 1965
A soul song which became the cry of women and ethnic minorities

Lyric source | Recording | Recording online

“Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”

James Brown, 1968
The master of soul’s call for black pride

Recording | Recording online

“Okie from Muskogee”

Merle Haggard, 1970
A country singer’s “Silent Majority” response to hippies

Lyric source | Recording


War and Peace

“Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag”

Country Joe and the Fish, 1965
A satirical “recruiting” song for a less than popular war




"Los pachucos"

R. Rodriguez and A. Carranza, 1950

“Sixteen Tons”

Merle Travis, 1947
A country complaint about owing your soul to the company store.

Lyric source | Recording

“Get A Job”

The Silhouettes, 1957
Doo-wop song about being unemployed

Lyric source | Recording


Woody Guthrie, Martin Hoffman, c. 1947
Folk song about the forgotten farm workers killed in the plane crash at Los Gatos

Lyric source | Recording


“Little Boxes”

Malvina Reynolds, 1962

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“Wives and Lovers”

Hal David and Burt Bacharach, 1963
An encapsulation of what was expected of women in the 1960s

Lyric source | Recording

“Los chucos suaves”

Lalo Guerrero and Sus Cinco Lobos, 1949

Lyric source


Moving Along

"(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66"

Bobby Troup, 1946

Lyric source

"Special Delivery Blues"

Odetta, 1963

Lyric source

"Call It Stormy Monday Blues"

T. Bone Walker

Lyric source

“America” from West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, 1957
Musical theatre hit about the Puerto Rican immigrant’s experience in America

Lyric source | Recording | Recording online

“I Get Around”

Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), 1964
California rock song about the joy of cruising

Lyric source | Recording


Faith and Ideals


"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932

Lyric source

"Keep On Pushing"

The Impressions, 1964

Lyric source

What a Wonderful World

Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, 1967

Lyric source

“This Land is Your Land”

Woody Guthrie, 1944, 1956
Folk answer to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”

Lyric source

“The Hammer Song (If I Had a Hammer)”

Lee Hays and Pete Seeger, 1958
Radical song about using the tools one has to succeed

Lyric source

“Get Together”

Dino Valenti (aka Chet Powers), 1963
Song imploring peace and brotherhood

Lyric source


More Units:

1. Worlds Meeting through 1760

2. New Nation, 1760-1820

3. Expansion & Reform, 1800-1860

4. Civil War & Reconstruction, 1860-1876

5. Development of Industrial

    U.S., 1870-1900

6. Emergence of Modern U.S., 1900-1929

7. Great Depression & WW II, 1930-1945

8. Post-War U.S, .1946-1973

9. Changing America, 1974 -2000

10. The New Millennium










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