Posts by Ms. Turner

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl

Woody Guthrie is a famous singer-songwriter and folk musician, during the mid-twentieth century.  He is best known for his song “This Land is Your Land.”  Born and raised in Oklahoma, his family was one of the many affected by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.  Many of Guthrie’s songs from that era discuss the effects of these horrible storms on the people of the Great Plains.  Like many other “Okies” and Great Plains residents desperate for money, Guthrie headed west looking for a way to support his family left behind at home.

Take a look at the song below and consider the following question:

What is Woody Guthrie suggesting about life for “Dust Bowl refugees”?  What challenges did they face?  What is he saying about American society as a whole?
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