Billie Holiday’s singing of the protest song Strange Fruit

Written Project 1 (3 pages, double spaced with 12 point Times New Roma font)

SUBJECT: Billie Holiday’s singing of the protest song Strange Fruit, the anti-lynching song that became one of the most influential protest songs ever written. After watching the most interesting and thorough source of information on this subject, the video Strange Fruit(California Newsreel, 2002) (57 minutes), please discuss the following:

1. The multiple contexts for this song: its text, its music, its performer, and its
social message.
2. What is it about the text and the music of this song that makes it such a
haunting work?

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