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Thread #108772   Message #2282998
Posted By: Jon Bartlett
08-Mar-08 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
I was impressed with the piece. I expected a much sloppier, more sentimental show and I was happily surprised.

I can't watch such historical shows without wondering about paths not taken, etc. One such: had the left organized during and following the First World War on behalf of American GI's (education, housing, retraining, health spring to mind) and used the Legion for that purpose, perhaps that body wouldn't have played such a large and negative role as a "Church and King" mob. Think of their role in the murder of IWW organizers such as Wesley Everett, their trashing of IWW offices, and their energetic support of the Palmer Raids. The same, of course, after the Second World War - Peekskill, "loyalty oaths", etc. Ironic that it was the army bureaucracy that brought down McCarthy, which was the beginning of the end to the years of anti-Communist hysteria.

Jon Bartlett