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Strange Fruit


57 minutes
Source: California Newsreel

This film tells the story of the song "Strange Fruit,” written in 1938 by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher, to protest lynching. However, the song did not become popular until it was later recorded by Billie Holiday. The history of lynching and government policies addressing it are explored, and interviews with scholars, activists, and musicians including Pete Seeger discuss the song's importance. The film also conveys the power and lasting legacy of the song to provoke thought in the listener about hate, violence, and racism in American society.

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