by Aaron J. Leonard
The author of a new book on the FBI's surveillance of folk musicians argues that Woody Guthrie did join the Communist Party, though he was at odds with leadership over discipline. The affiliation is reflected in the lyrics of his most famous song.
by Ron Briley
The advice folksinger and political activist Woody Guthrie would be giving to us were he alive.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
If you thought Lady Gaga’s halftime show was apolitical, consider the origin of ‘This Land is Your Land’
Her rendition of “Born this way” wasn’t her only note of protest.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The Trump family fortune was based on subsidized federal housing that excluded blacks.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Woody Guthrie's hometown finally recognizes its native son.
SOURCE: Special to HNN
Ron Briley reviews books for the History News Network and is a history teacher and an assistant headmaster at Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico.House of Earth is a novel written in 1947 by folksinger and political activist Woody Guthrie. Although Guthrie wrote what many scholars describe as two autobiographical novels, Bound for Glory (1943) and Seeds of Man (published in 1972 five years after Guthrie’s death), House of Earth remained unpublished until the seemingly ubiquitous Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley discovered the manuscript and arranged for its publication under actor Johnny Depp's new Infinitum label with HarperCollins.
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