Primary Source: “This Land” by Woody Gutherie  

You can follow along with the lyrics here. 

Guided Discussion Questions 

  • What do you think the major themes are in this song?
  • What do you think motivated Guthrie to write it?
  • How do you think the Great Depression and our world in the midst of coronavirus are similar? different?

For more information on Woody Guthrie, read “This Machine Kills Fascists”: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

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