Submission Date


Document Type




Second Department


Faculty Mentor

Rebecca Evans


Presented during the 21st Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 19, 2019 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

This research analyzes the role that music plays in social movements in the United States, focusing on Woodstock of 1969 as a pivotal moment. By examining the 1969 Woodstock through an academic lens, I illustrate the intrinsic relationship that exists between music and politics, specifically through social movements. First, I explore the relationship that music and politics have had historically and extrapolate why they are interconnected. Then, I dissect two different movements, paralleling them from their roots to present day, analyzing the integral role that music has had in them. Those movements include the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, and the Anti-War Movement with the never-ending War on Terror. This project hopes to not only highlight the important role that music plays in a substantive sense as well as expound the ebb and flow in the proliferation of protest music.

Open Access

Available to all.