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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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