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Feb. 23, 1940
Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land Is Your Land" following a frigid trip - partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail - from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith?s recording of "God Bless America" and resolved to himself: "We can't just bless America, we've got to change it."

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Aug. 7, 2017 | LABOR HISTORY | Twenty years ago, the Teamsters’ national strike against United Parcel Service (UPS) produced panic, if not outright hysteria, in the corporate boardrooms of the United States. The editorial writers of the Wall Street Journal were at their wits’ end: “The UPS strike is so weird it’s hard to know where to begin. Somehow, we’re supposed to believe that the mighty Teamsters has suddenly decided it must paralyze the nation’s parcel-distribution system to have it out over mostly voluntary part-timers and various pension arcana. These matters may be worth an argument, but Armageddon? What’s this weird, awful strike about anyway?” Everybody else, though, seemed to get it…jacobinmag.com 
 
 
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