"No Trespassing" by Rich Kees
22" x 17"
Singer-songwriter and folk musician Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) wrote hundreds of political, traditional, and children's songs and ballads. He frequently performed with the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists" displayed on his guitar. ''This Land Is Your Land'' is his best known song, written in 1940, as an antidote to the popular Irving Berlin song "God Bless America", which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. In contrast, Guthrie’s song was a demand for workers’ and people’s rights. Despite the song’s popularity, the verse shown on this poster rarely sung as it was considered subversive. Guthrie was persecuted during the witch hunts of the McCarthy era, and his original version of the song was black listed by the commercial industry. At the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this often censored verse.