Woody Guthrie's first Daily Worker column


The national debit is one thing I caint figger out. I heard a senator on a radio a saying that we owed somebody 16 jillion dollers. I don't know their name, but I remember the price. Called it the national debit. If the nation is the government and the government is the people, then I guess the people owes the people, that means I owe me and you owe you, and I forget the regular fee, but if I owe myself something, I would be a willing just to call it off rather than have the senaters aruge about it, and I know you would do the same and then we wouldn't have no national debit.


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  • Count me in!

    Posted by Eleanor Curtis, 11/25/2013 1:40pm (2 years ago)

  • May 12, 1939 is when this column first appeared.

    Posted by RW, 08/15/2013 3:32am (3 years ago)

  • Is this from People's World crica 1938? Or the Daily Worker? Are they the same magazine?

    Posted by RSM , 11/27/2012 12:49pm (3 years ago)

  • The world still needs Woody Guthrie! He stood up for the little man and the working class. He fought for the rights of the common person and helped spread the ideal that this is truly “our land.” I paid tribute to the legendary musician with a portrait of Woody which you can see on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/07/woody-guthrie-centennial.html where you can drop by and let me know how Woody’s voice has spoken to you as well.

    Posted by Brandt Hardin, 07/14/2012 9:48am (4 years ago)

  • Great bit of history! What year was this published?

    Posted by Anita Waters, 07/14/2012 8:01am (4 years ago)

  • Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing some history of Woody Guthrie as a journalist and of the powerful heritage of the Daily Worker. peace, john

    Posted by John Pietaro, 07/13/2012 11:41am (4 years ago)

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