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LABOR HISTORY TODAY: Guthrie writes “This Land Is Your Land”

Chris Garlock | Published on 2/23/2024

February 23, 1940

Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land” following a frigid trip -- partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail -- from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and resolved to himself: “We can’t just bless America, we’ve got to change it” – 1940

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