Woody Guthrie 1930s

Woody Guthrie 1930s

Mike Adams and Kate Benzel

Mike Adams and Kate Benzel

 

Woody Guthrie: Re-envisioning 1930s America

By Kate Benzel and Mike Adams. Not only is Woody Guthrie a significant figure in the history of American folk music, but he has also become a cultural icon representing the paradoxical complexity of American identity. Guthrie’s songs and writing embrace the brashness of the pioneer spirit, a compassion for the underdog, and the often-contradictory nature of American diversity. Through lecture and song this program, designed for adults and high school students, describes the American culture of the 1930s, including the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Adams and Benzel have presented the Guthrie program at historical museums, state and national parks, festivals, chautauquas, and private events.

Funding is available through Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau

Woody Guthrie Sampler