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Woody Guthrie

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.[1] 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”.[2] 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 ...[3]


  2. Google Chooses Communist-Oriented ‘This Land Is Your Land’ July 4th Theme,, July 4, 2012
  3. Pete Seeger: The Communist Consumers Loved - Lauren Weiner - First Things