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Confronting The Blind Spot In The Great American Protest Song ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has long been offered as an “alternative national anthem,” performed by musicians from Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger to Chicano Batman and Sharon Jones. Its message seems fairly simple — we are all equally entitled to the rights of this country, including the land we stand on. But Native Americans will just as soon point out that the core of the song, that “this land was made for you and me,” is a wholly colonialist message. Continue Reading Confronting The Blind Spot In The Great American Protest Song ‘This Land Is Your Land’

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WATCH: Author Jia Tolentino On American Culture Through The Prism Of The Internet

The January pick for our “Now Read This” book club was a book of essays exploring many aspects of American culture through the prism of the internet and social media. At age 32, author Jia Tolentino has gained acclaim as one of its most astute observers. She’s a also a staff writer for The New Yorker and “Trick Mirror” is her first book. Jeffrey Brown spoke to Tolentino to learn more. Continue Reading WATCH: Author Jia Tolentino On American Culture Through The Prism Of The Internet

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Past As Prologue: How The Namesake Of Pullman Tried To Improve Worker’s Lives, But Failed

The strike—and the violence that occurred—became George Pullman’s legacy, rather than his attempt to create the utopian worker’s town. When he died, his family buried him in a lead-lined coffin because they were concerned workers would try to desecrate it.  Continue Reading Past As Prologue: How The Namesake Of Pullman Tried To Improve Worker’s Lives, But Failed

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