All American Collection
This programme is part of BBC Four’s All American - a collection of BBC programmes from the archives about US culture. Available online to watch in full.Go to the BBC Four All American Collection
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"This land is your land", sang Woody Guthrie, his mission to reclaim the true America from the lawyers and politicians and thugs and return it to the people. He said he was just trying 'to tell people what they already know'. Originally from a comfortably-off family in Oklahoma, he took to the road and the rails to chronicle in song the depression and the dustbowl. A fabulous example of American self-invention, 'Guthrie came with the dust and he went with the wind'.
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A collection of classic BBC programmes about US culture. Available to watch online.