Not all the protest forms have to include violence though. One of the most peaceful and probably also most unifying protests is through music. The aim of this essay is to critically examine political effectiveness of protest songs by analyzing most popular political song, censorship and events from resources in English, Latvian and Russian languages.
“We Shall Overcome”
If talking about protest songs it is impossible to miss out probably the most popular protest song ever written - “We Shall Overcome”. A song which roots goes back to the 1900’s but is still popular. At the beginning it was a gospel song but later maybe the song did not start a movement but it gave people hope by just singing it, it was effective more to the nation itself by giving strengt...
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