Clio and the Contemporary

  • This Anthem Was Made For You and Me?

    July 2, 2021 by

    When Jennifer Lopez sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration in January of this year, it marked the latest use of Woody Guthrie’s much-contested song. The history of “This Land Is Your Land,” from the many versions of the song to the even more varied responses to it, raise important questions about what a national anthem is—and what it might do in the discordant politics and culture of the United States.

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