• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Buried in cloud files? We can help with Spring cleaning!

    Whether you use Dropbox, Drive, G-Suite, OneDrive, Gmail, Slack, Notion, or all of the above, Dokkio will organize your files for you. Try Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) for free today.

  • Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) was #2 on Product Hunt! Check out what people are saying by clicking here.


Antiwar Literature and Protest Songs (redirected from Antiwar Literature)

Page history last edited by Robert W. Maloy 2 years, 2 months ago


Statue Depicting WWI Soldiers


Image result for anti war literature

Topics on the Page


A History of Anti-War Literature


  • Slaughterhouse Five


  • All Quiet on the Western Front


  • Vietnam War and The Things They Carried


Re-emergence of the Genre


Anti-War Novels by Women


History of Protest Music


  • Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday  






History of Anti-War Literature


Link to an article on the History of Anti-War Literature



Anti-War Literature emerged after World War I as an expression of frustration of authors who served during The Great War. These included works by Hemingway, Vonnegut, and other prominent authors.


10 War Novels That Will Turn You Into a Pacifist



  Street Scene in Dresden, Germany (1945). 

Setting for Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse 5



Slaughterhouse 5


A Summary of Kurt Vonnegut's Novel: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Slaughterhouse-Five 


Biography of Vonnegut: https://www.biography.com/writer/kurt-vonnegut 


CrashCourse Video on the novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6g7S2W27Kc 


Teaching Guide for the Novel: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/184345/slaughterhouse-five-by-kurt-vonnegut/9780385312080/teachers-guide/ 




Image result for all is quiet on the western front


All Quiet on the Western Front


Link to Influential Literature page for All Quiet on the Western Front


Vietnam War


Image result for the vietnam war


Following World War II, The Vietnam War was a major point of political and social contention in the long 60's.  As a part of this, after the war many memoirs and novels emerged expressing the Antiwar sentiment. 


Article from the New York Times, "The Four Stages of the Anti-War Movement": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opinion/vietnam-antiwar-movement.html


Opinion piece from the New York Times on a novel written by a refugee of the Vietnam War: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/vietnam-war-novel-was-not-written-by-an-american.html


The Things They Carried



Image result for the things they carried


The Things They Carried is a fictional work based in the author's experiences as a foot soldier in the Vietnam War.


Biography on Tim O'Brien: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Tim-OBrien 


Overview of the novel from the National Endowment for the Arts: https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/the-things-they-carried 


Animated summary of the novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cOvKzERBL0 


Link to a full audiobook narrated by Bryan Cranston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsbcnoA-K3M 



The Genre Reemerges


Post 9/11, an anti-war perspective emerged once again in modern literature. 


Article on the Rise in Anti-War novels in modern day


10 Vietnam War Novels to Read, Council on Foreign Relations blog


Barbara Kingslover, Author of the Poisonwood Bible


Image result for barbara kingsolver

Anti-War Novels by Women


While Anti-War novels post WWI were written mainly by men, there are many novels with Anti-War themes written by women. They chronicle international conflicts and present new perspectives to the genre.



50 Anti-War Novels by Women








History of Protest Music


Billie Holiday recorded the song Strange Fruit in 1939 to protest

violence and racism against African Americans



Brief Overview of Protest Songs, National Women's History Museum



The History of American Protest Music, from "Yankee Doodle" to Kendrick Lamar, Vox (May 22, 2017)



The Power of Protest Songs, American Indian Magazine, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian



Hear Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit




16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music, People (February 10, 2017)



Protest Songs, A Musical Introduction, Smithsonian Folkways



Teaching with Protest Music, The New York Times Learning Network



Analyzing Protest Songs of the 1960s



World War I:  From Propaganda to Poetry, Common Sense Education



33 Revolutions Per MInute:  A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day.  Dorian Lynskey (Ecco, 2011).


Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.