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From Bob Marley to Franklin Roosevelt History in Sound

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2007-4-8 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Spec

voice two:

world war two ended in nineteen forty-five.

the years after the war became a time of economic growth in the united states. many people moved out of big cities and into newly developed suburban communities. birth rates increased. it became known as the baby boom.

the nineteen fifties are remembered as a time when lots of americans were happy with their lives. but not everyone was.

allen ginsberg was a poet but also a social activist. problems like poverty and inequality angered him. in a nineteen fifty-nine recording, he reads from the opening lines of his most famous poem, "howl."

allen ginsberg: "i saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked "

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voice one:

social activism is also the message of several songs among the newest additions to the national recording registry. fighting racial injustice is the theme of "we shall overcome."

yet pete seeger wrote the song as a labor protest. in the first version, he used the line "i shall overcome." but later he changed the word "i" to "we." the song became a theme for the civil rights movement.

here is pete seeger performing "we shall overcome" during his concert at carnegie hall in new york in june of nineteen sixty-three. people in the audience are singing along.

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voice two:

some people think the greatest singer of the twentieth century was sarah vaughan. her nineteen seventy-three album "live in japan" is now added to the national recording registry at the library of congress.

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