Woody Guthrie was a socially-active American folk musician best known for writing the populist anthem "This Land is Your Land", and carrying a guitar emblazoned with the words "this machine kills fascists" throughout World War II. Woody's father, Charley Guthrie, is reported to have been part of a lynch mob that hung an African American woman, Laura Nelson on May 25, 1911, near Okemah, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. Woody was named after Democrat segregationist President Woodrow Wilson. Woody was the father of folk-rock singer Arlo Guthrie.
Woody Guthrie wrote a weekly column for The Daily Worker and said, “The best thing that I did in 1936 was to sign up with the Communist Party”. Google based their Independence day logo in 2012 on "This Land Is Your Land", an ode to leftism.
It was a response to “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, which Guthrie found complacent and cliché-ridden. His original manuscript contains verses that denounce property rights, but the standard rendition cut that material ...
- Google Chooses Communist-Oriented ‘This Land Is Your Land’ July 4th Theme, Breitbart.com, July 4, 2012
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