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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