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tv   Woody Guthrie Center  CSPAN  August 16, 2015 2:00pm-2:15pm EDT

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by the patriots in france or in the other countries which were occupied by the nazis. host: this will be the last question. >> can i assume that in the axis powers, people served in similar capacity in the factory? do you know? int: did women also serve italy, germany, romania, that drug?
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-- romania, other? beaucoup. announcer: you are watching american history tv all weekend on c-span3. like us on facebook at announcer: u.s. foreign-policy 9/11 and the war on terrorism. who is isis? why are they so violent? questions are important, and i address them in the book. what is the policy regarding isis to mark can we really go to war against terrorism? are we just doing the war wrong? i think those are the questions that is the ways are the most
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important and that would be the most useful. p.m.ncer: tonight at 8:00 "q&a." on c-span's a look at some of the cities our producers have visited in 2015 as we continue to explore the unique history of america. for the next hour, we will take you across the country. we will go to augusta, georgia. we begin in tulsa, oklahoma, where he learned about folksinger and oklahoma native woody guthrie. y: the population there is one third indian, when heard negro, one third white people, -- one third negro, one third white people.
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i actually picked up a lot of songs. ♪ ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york island from the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and the -- me ♪ woody was born in 1912 in oklahoma, and that we are very proud have his work back in oklahoma, where we think it belongs. he was an advocate for people who were disenfranchised, for migrantople were
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workers, from oklahoma, kansas, and texas during the testable era, found the elves in california literally starving, and he saw this vast difference between those who were in the haves and the have-nots, through his music. exhibit, thehrie plan was to have this research facility in tulsa, and as the concept grew into the idea of opening up these archives to a new generation and teaching people about woody's important part in american history, this museum came to me, and we really consider it a place to inspire people. investigating what would he did with his talents, and then inspiring people to go and do something of their own. shiningn the sun come
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and i was strolling ♪ many of the people who were displaced were looking for a better life. some have lost their arms for closure. others had lost their farms -- some had lost their farms and foreclosure. some had lost the arms due to two -- the farms due to the dustbowl. plenty of work, come to and we will have plenty of work for you. it is a wonderful place. large a marketing way by landowners who were trying to get very cheap labor, because they knew if they had an overabundance of labor, they did
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not have to pay them that much. the workers had no right, so and saw that,ived it did not seem right, so in the land of plenty to allow families andtruggle so horrifically to degrade them in a way that makes them feel less than human was not acceptable. this area of the center focuses on the dustbowl in experience and the dustbowl era, and since it was such an important part of who woody was and started his work, it is significant to mention. important part of our history as oklahomans. we want people to know the resilient people they came from, and the way they persevered in the face of this natural that was actually man-made. the plains not the over
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farmed like they were. and there was woody's writing, items about the dustbowl, migrants and what we were dealing with, and a sketch of him going to california, and then one of the scrapbooks, it is one of my favorite pages. it is just a short, little notation in answer to some questions that were posted about him, and he just says, "oh, yeah, i will do what i can to help the folks of oklahoma. don't worry." that speaks to who he was and what he was attending to do. also, we have books that woody .rote there was a nod to john the family.d
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♪ >> ♪ and he said goodbye to the mother that he loved everybody might be just one big soul it looks that way to me everywhere you look in the day or the night be, is where i'm going to ma that is where i am going to be wherever little kids are hungry wherever people are wanting to be free be, is where i am going to ma that is where i am going to be ♪ you aint got the
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me," and they were told if did not have the money, they would not get into and the very young dustery old died of pneumonia. we have 46 songs in his own voice. most of the time when people songs, it isthrie not him singing. it is other people singing. -- type ins times migrant worker camps and at spend a so he did not great deal of time in the recording studios. that is what makes the recordings he did so significant
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and so important to us. ♪ down ♪e rain come deana: woody definitely had themes to his writing. woody wanted to make sure his people were well represented in his artwork and his lyrics. there are some sketches here. the city of los angeles, no children wanted, and you have the shining city in the background. i do like that he said there is one consolation left to children who are raised in the sun. they will always be the brightest. he was always with the migrant,
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displaced workers. he felt the one way that they could actually make a difference, that they could create workers right was to unionize, and at this time, that was a pretty dangerous concept. is, yes, i will join a union, and that is not so much of an option without facing some kind of violence, so in these , hecs, the 1913 massacre talks about the party where where the union members were christmas, and they created a panic by saying there was a fire and then locked the doors. and that was in calumet, michigan. ♪
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>> he screams, and he says, there is a fire a lady, she hollers, saying here is no such a thing there is no such a thing ♪ would gothink woody back into history and research items that were still pertinent facing, anders were in the first line, he says, just "take a trip back to me to -- with me to 1913." so he is pointing out that this fight that they are facing for workers, for the displaced oklahomans, or problems that they are facing are still alive who faced these people
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this disaster should not be forgotten. was an artist, and he used his artwork sometimes in a playful way. other times, for social commentary. oftentimes a combination of both, so he has almost a little story that he tells about the hand, the worker. over, and thes it hand cuts the boss out. .he boss yells law and order comes, and hand is charged with trying to overthrow the u.s. government. so if you have these troubles, join the movement. well, currently, in the area of the center dedicated to "this
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, quote --ur land land," we have the original handwritten lyrics on display, and while most people recognize the song as a sing-along from our elementary school days, usually, that did not involve singing the fourth and sixth verses come which were much more howcial commentary about things could be improved in our society. and yes, we have a beautiful land, and he paints this as he traveled from


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