Magazine article Monthly Review

Still Hammering out Justice: Pete Seeger at 85

Magazine article Monthly Review

Still Hammering out Justice: Pete Seeger at 85

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Last May 3 was Pete Seeger's 85th birthday. Pete has been a longtime reader of Monthly Review as well as the author of several MR articles. And for as long as most of us can remember he's been a stalwart in struggles against exploitation, white supremacy, imperialism, nuclear power, the destruction of the environment, and U.S. military interventions from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq. Over the last three-quarters of a century it is hard to find a battle for social justice in which Pete, his banjo, and his voice have not played an energizing and formative role.

Pete's music has always been in aid of the good fight, from union organizing drives in the thirties and forties to struggles against the anticommunist witch-hunts of the fifties, to the civil rights battles of the sixties and seventies, and to the still-ongoing decades-long efforts to save the environment. Pete was in CIO union halls with the Almanac Singers and on college campuses nationwide defending academic freedom with the Weavers. …

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