HST Final 1 - Littman 1 Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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Littman 1 Joe Littman History 112 Professor Jackson 10 December 2010 History Final Question 1 One song “War” that was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong , and sung by black artist Edwin Starr, stands out as a prime example of a song that manifests both the social and political culture of the 1970s . “The lyrics of songs are reflective of our culture . Through these words we can see ourselves…in a new revealing light. Popular lyrics sometimes challenge firmly held beliefs . These same lyrics can also help us examine our common social heritage as well as specific events in American history” (Cooper “Examining”). Starr sang “life is much too short and precious to spend fighting wars these days.” Elaine Scarry, a professor at Harvard said that “[War] is in the most literal and concrete way possible of…reversing…the action of creation itself.” The reality of the Vietnam War was that regardless of how many Vietcong the US killed, they never made any real progress. The overall outcome of the war was destruction and didn’t
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