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.
Woody Guthrie Sampler