Music has a great impact and has the potential to cause cultural change. This is evident in the the affect protest songs had on the Vietnam War.
I ain't no millionaire's son, no, no It ain't me, it ain't me I ain't no fortunate one, no
During the Vietnam War, Americans were strongly against the brutal actions the U.S. government took on land that was not theirs.
President Lyndon B. Johnson urged the public to support the war with funds and troops, but they did not listen. Instead, they used new forms of protest to change the war culture of the United States.
This sparked the counterculture movement, and they mostly used civil disobedience and protest songs. It allowed people of all races and background to stand for an ideal. Aside from sit-ins and teach-ins, this form of protest connected people across geographical boundaries because many of these songs were composed by famous singers.
On November 15, 1969, this growing opposition culminated into the largest anti-war demonstration in U.S. history. This took place in Washington D.C.. This marked a cultural changed where counterculture was clearly merged with protest, and a rise in the ambivalence of it in American society.
This caused America to withdraw from Vietnam, before the fall of Saigon. From the counterculture, or "hippie" movement emerged a new way for Americans to express their opinions. The use of protest songs, to this day, continues to cause cultural change, ranging from anti-racial sentiments to pro-female stances.