American Masters

The origins of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier"

Clip: 11/22/2022 | 2m 9s  | Video has closed captioning.

The iconic anti-war song "Universal Soldier" was written with the question on Buffy Sainte-Marie's mind: "Who's responsible for war?" In Sainte-Marie's frank answer, we all have an individual responsibility.

Aired: 11/22/22

Rating: NR

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