Date

1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Seth Moglen

Abstract

Art holds an unparalleled power to encapsulate and carry political aspirations forward in time. Perhaps no art form does this as effectively as music. This essay explores how one particular work created at the height of the Red Scare—Pete Seeger’s 1953 album, Folksongs and Ballads: A Pete Seeger Concert—preserved and then transmitted the Popular Front ideology of the Communist Party of the United States to the author in 1990. Through a mix of personal reflection and critical analysis, this essay examines the album’s meaning at the time it was created, when the author encountered it in 1990, and within the context of our current political moment and beyond.

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