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1 Voice of the People Using Woody Guthrie’s writings for searching, reflecting and creating Christopher Jennings, John Kendal (and Donna Levene)

2 The NPR Top 100 The most important American musical works of the 20th century: Original Lyrics for “This Land is Your Land:” Land.jpg

3 Other Voices on Woody Arlo Guthrie: “My dad’s songs were really written to make certain people feel as though they had some kind of value.” Arlo Guthrie, interview for American Roots Music, oguthrie.html oguthrie.html Steinbeck, John: “He sings the songs of a people…and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen. There is the will of a people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American Spirit.” Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People.

4 Dear Library of Congress, “Folk singer and composer of songs and ballads… Worked on all of the major radio nets… All sorts of rallies of labor and the people” Timeline of Guthrie’s life

5 Combining Primary Source Types Break it Down (Analyzing) Search it Out (Reflective, Transformational) Built it Up (Creating)

6 Break it Down 1.Start with an essay or song: 2.Copy the web page text into a Word document or Print the text 3.Essay: identify keywords and delete the rest of the text 4.Song: define and describe lyrics using historical verbiage

7 Search it Out 1.Find a Collection from American Memory to narrow your search 2.Select to Browse By a media type or Search by Keyword 3.Use your keywords and/or historical definitions to search for photos, audio, video, and manuscripts 4.Download to a file folder on your computer

8 Build it Up 1.Select a program - PowerPoint, Flash, Movie Maker/iMovie, or even Word 2.Record audio from oral histories or essays if needed 3.Add Audio and Text first - use them as a guide to add other Primary Sources 4.Use the edited text as a script

9 Working with Collections Three collections used for putting together a piece on Woody Guthrie: –Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song, Correspondence Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song, Correspondence –Voices from the Dust BowlVoices from the Dust Bowl –Depression Era to WWIIDepression Era to WWII

10 “Family hit a little hard luck…” Analyze the textAnalyze Search for primary sources using termsSearch Download primary sources Build a presentation Final Result

11 Guthrie Legacy Compare Woody’s Music - Then and Now: –Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen –Son VoltSon Volt –Billy Bragg and WilcoBilly Bragg and Wilco Relevance Today –Create the video and do your own version of a Guthrie Song

12 Bibliography Christensen, Bonnie. Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Cray, Ed. Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. New York: W. W. Norton, Guthrie, Woody. Bound for Glory. E. Rutherford, NJ: New American Library, Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People. Lincoln, NE: Univ. of Nebraska Press, Klein, Joe. Woody Guthrie: A Life. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, Partridge, Elizabeth. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie. New York: Viking, 2002.

13 Bibliography, cont. Partridge, Elizabeth. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie. New York: Viking, Santelli, Robert, and Emily Davidson, ed. The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1999.

14 Webliography “Bound for Glory; The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie.” The MOMI.org, The Museum of Musical Instruments. “Collection Connections.” Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song, Correspondence Roosevelt, Franklin D. “Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. “Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Balladeer.” This Land Is Your Land: Rural Music and the Depression. Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.


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