Sarah King

About Sarah

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Binghamton University. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in History from the University of Waterloo. Sarah’s work lies at the nexus of popular and political culture in twentieth century U.S. history. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Celebrity Activism in the Vietnam Era,” which explores the activism of such figures as Pete Seeger, Benjamin Spock, the Smothers brothers, and Jane Fonda. Sarah has worked as managing editor at the Journal of Women’s History, and has taught undergraduate courses in American history at Binghamton University, Alfred University, and the College at Brockport.

Jane Fonda and the Free The Army performances offered alternative messaging to the USO performances for the US Army during the Vietnam War Era.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic Sheet Music

On October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led an interracial group of men on a raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown hoped to arm slaves and instigate a slave rebellion. The mission failed, and Brown became a villain in the South, but his trial and execution for treason made him a martyr in the North and inspired one of the United States’ most enduring national hymns.


Comedy Hour’s political and antiwar content made it too controversial for primetime. Despite their abrupt firing, the Smothers Brothers left behind an important legacy. In just three seasons, their show challenged television norms and opened the door for other television shows to wade into political commentary.