This Land Is Your Land Introduction
But did you know that "This Land Is Your Land" is actually one of the most controversial songs around? And that it's way older than the 1960s? And that Glenn Beck hates it with a passion? And that it encompasses a paradox that may or may not be fundamental to American identity? Are you interested yet?
About the Song
|Artist||Woody Guthrie||Musician(s)||Woody Guthrie (guitar, vocals)|
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Actually, we can't help but agree with Glenn on this one. When Woody Guthrie wrote this seemingly all-American anthem, he did actually mean it as a criticism of America—he was fed up with what he saw as blind patriotism surrounding the U.S. entry into World War II, and angry about all the poverty and suffering he'd seen while traversing the country in the later years of the Great Depression. What's more, he was an unabashed Communist (a real one, not just one that people falsely attacked during the fifties), and as it turns out, he really wasn't into property rights. To sum it up, "This Land Is Your Land" is not being rewritten by Glenn Beck as a Communist anthem—it actually is one. So what's it doing right smack in the middle of some of our most familiar Americana?