These artists have grown over time along with the style of music that they bring along with them.
These songs were songs of advocacy which celebrated the heroism of the veterans and deplored their victimization by an uncaring society.
In order to understand better the popularity of these songs, this essay first establishes a context for their analysis, then examines these songs from the dramatistic perspective suggested by language scholar Kenneth Burke.
The popular song has become a most revealing index to American life in general.
It sums up the ethics, the habits, the slang, the intimate character of every generation, and it will tell as much to future students of current civilization as any histories, biographies, or newspapers of the time.
In an August address before the veterans of foreign wars, Reagan said: We dishonor the memory of 50,000 young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt as if we were doing something shameful, and we have been shabby in our treatment of those who returned.
They fought as well and as bravely as any Americans have ever fought in any war.The Vietnam war forever changed the way in which America viewed the waging of a war. Following its conclusion, the Vietnam war was the first war Americans actively sought to ignore and forget.According to Tom Morganthau, writing in In Vietnam alone, an estimated 1.9 million persons were killed during America's involvement in the war; 4.5 million more were wounded and 9 million became refugees.In the United States of America, it is a very common thing to conform to others in a group (Conformity…).Since conformity is such a common occurrence in a large group, all the artist has to do is find a couple of people in the group, group being an audience, who agree with the artist and the rest will unfold on its own. Music has progressed since that time and has slowly become what it is today.Though music has been around for such a long time, protest music just started to develop in the Vietnam Era, the year 1954.They deserve our gratitude, our respect, and our continuing concern.Indeed, the 1980s saw a revival of interest in the Vietnam war and the Vietnam veteran.The voice of the Vietnam veteran was beginning to be heard, and one place where that voice was heard most clearly was in American popular music.Artists as diverse as Charlie Daniels, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen created songs which championed the Vietnam Veteran.