Canadian folkie and rocker Neil Young turned his sights in 1970 toward racism in the American South. The song looks back to slavery and wonders about reparations and whether any lessons have been learned. Well, there was a civil war, but all the same, mistreatment of African Americans continues to this day.
As the tune makes the leap from the story of one white Southerner to representing all of this part of America, a quasi-feud emerged with Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. This band wrote Sweet Home Alabama in response.