Most of the folk songs I recall from that era were of the "gloom and doom" variety. Of course, some will say that has atmosphere has arrived again while others see hope. Those of us who grew up during that particular era probably have an erroneous notion of what "folk music" really is if we get stuck living within that narrow range of time. I suspect you haven't done so.
New Bryan Ferry Album out, purely of Dylan songs. I thought I'd lost Mr. Ferry altogether
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown,
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
And why couldn't an American singer have thought to record that at this epoch making juncture. Whether you like it or not, it's the perfect counterpoint to America led by a black President.
It's frightening how many of these songs I know verbatim including Gates of Eden.