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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Donald Grubbs

First Committee Member

Malcolm H. Moule

Second Committee Member

Robert W. Blaney


This thesis will attempt to trace the evolution and historical development of American anti-war and peace songs. Researching the study has been an adventure into an unknown aspect of American history. No published account of a similar or related study was discovered. The Library of Congress has no catalogue classification for pacifist songs. The Swarthmore College Peace Collection contains perhaps the only specific collection of peace songs in the country. Nevertheless, this study can draw upon a collection of over two hundred songs gathered from public and university libraries and interested individuals across the country.