The Peerless Quartet: I Didn’t Raise My Son To Be A Soldier (1915)

The Peerless Quartet (known as the Columbia Qu...

The Peerless Quartet (known as the Columbia Quartet prior to 1908). From left to right; John H. Meyer, Henry Burr, Frank Croxton, Albert Campbell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oct 28, 2012 by

Released in 1915, I Didn’t Raise My Son to be a Soldier, sung here by the Peerless Quartet, was the first commercially successful anti-war record and featured prominently in the American anti-war movement opposing US entry in the first world war. The warmongering ex-president Theodore Roosevelt objected to the song’s message of peace and its early feminism: “Foolish people who applaud a song entitled ‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier’ are just the people who would also in their hearts applaud a song entitled ‘I Didn’t Raise my Girl To Be A Mother.”

The song was revived in the 1960s in opposition to the US war in Vietnam.

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I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier – the first anti-war hit record

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