NOTE: This is a Mariposa Museum event but is being held at another location (see below).
Guthrie scholar and performer Will Kaufman’s All You Jim Crow Fascists! is a lively musical presentation and commentary exploring Guthrie’s anti-racist songs and activism. Kaufman is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire in England and the author of Woody Guthrie: American Radical (University of Illinois Press). Conventionally known for his championing of unions and poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning Jim Crow segregation, race hatred and racial fascism. Most of these songs were never recorded, but remain a legacy of Guthrie’s personal transformation into a committed civil rights activist working and singing with the likes of Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson in the 1940s and 50s. Along with Guthrie’s lifetime body of work, it is a heartening and uplifting legacy. Please note, this special performance will be at Four Winds Farm Barn, in Peterborough. Check the museum Web site (www.mariposamuseum.org) for directions. Tickets are $15; members $12
A number of films and children’s events are also planned for the series, which whether you are a seasoned Guthrie fan or just want a peek into a fascinating era in American cultural history offers something for just about everyone.
Press Contact: Mose Olenik
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH 03458