Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre (1941)

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“1913 Massacre” is a topical ballad written by Woody Guthrie, and recorded and released in 1941 for Moses Asch’s Folkways label. The song originally appeared on Struggle, an album of labor songs, it was eventually re-released in 1999 on Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4. The song is about the deaths of striking copper miners and their families in Calumet, Michigan, on Christmas Eve, 1913, commonly known as the Italian Hall disaster.


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