These pieces depict a version of masculinity that is directly tied to militarism. They illustrate the immense pressure on men to serve overseas. Serving one’s country was not only a way to prove one’s masculinity, but also a requirement in order to affirm one’s loyalty to the nation and one’s stance against the perceived threat to ideals such as liberty and democracy.
This piece equates war with gallantry and honor, as well as connecting masculinity with militarism and sacrifice. Furthermore, the piece firmly attests that the American war cause is just, with lines such as “right is might” and “America…your cause is always right!”
The lyrics of this piece present American soldiers as the saviors of a blind and crippled Europe. It tells the story of a child and his blind father witnessing the coming of the American troops to their town in France.
This piece is one of the few that link masculinity directly to violence, however the violence is still in the name of a just cause, protecting freedom and democracy from tyranny and autocracy.