Strange Fruit: First American Protest Song

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“Strange Fruit” is known to be the first American protest song. More than that, this song is one of the most powerful protest songs. It’s historical history and impact is very important. Since it was released, it has become the song of the victim of racism.
This song is about the lynching that has occurred from 1889 and 1960 in America. Lynching is an execution committed by a group of people without a fair trial and without leaving to the accused the possibility of defending itself. Lynching’s victims are most of the time black people living in the south.
After the abolition of slavery in 1865, racism is still deeply anchored in America. A survey of that time reveals that almost six people out of ten were in favor of lynching. These executions were public entertainment, people would take pictures of the dead bodies, postcards were sold with
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The rhythmic is binary but her voice is free in the interpretation. The time stops on the last sentence, leaving the song somehow unresolved.
To conclude, “Strange Fruit” is a protest song that uses metaphors to denounce lynching. This song plays with the audience’s emotions and expresses a real pain.
“Strange fruit” had a huge success and became the emblem as well of Billie Holiday than of the Café Society.
Strange Fruit boosted in a decisive way the tradition of resistance and protest in the American black music and culture.
This song had such impact that it was interpreted by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Jeff Buckley, Sting and many others.
The strange fruit which Meeropol speaks about does not hang anymore on the poplars of the South and lynching doesn’t exist anymore in the United States. However, nowadays many black people are victims of racism and acts of all kinds. Afro-Americans are more often victims of miscarriages of justice than Whites and more often victims of police
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