Aaron Copland composed Fanfare for the Common Man in 1942 during World War II. He wanted to honor the common man “who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the Army.” But Copland’s title was more than a simple celebration of the everyday American. Fanfare for the Common Man carried a polarizing message that America ultimately rejected. Today, we no longer remember the real meaning of Fanfare for the Common Man or the important debate that preceded it. Where America stood on this issue would determine the fate of the free world. The message and the debate remain relevant today and are the subject of today’s episode.