Lesson Plan

"Uncle Sam's Got Himself in a Terrible Jam": Protest Music and the Vietnam War

"And it's one, two, three...what are we fighting for?" Use music to assess the climate of protest during the Vietnam War, listening to and analyzing Country Joe MacDonald's "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" (lyrics included). Historians discuss feelings the song evokes and the nature of music within protest. Groups jigsaw different stanzas to analyze meaning, share findings, and then write a new stanza for the song, which could easily be adjusted as a homework assignment.

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