I Never Died Said He

November 19, 2015 will mark exactly 100 years since Joe Hill was killed by a Utah Firing squad. In remembrance many events are being planned across the United States, and in other countries as well, between now and the end of the year to celebrate Hill’s life and work.  Many of these events can be […]

Is This Land Made For You And Me?

While making a playlist on my tablet, I realized that I had five different versions of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land” on it.  I was not really very surprised by this as it is one of my all time favorite songs and I have several more versions on my computer.  I first remember learning to sing […]

Holy Ghost of Tom Joad

  I love The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. When I taught American Heritage at BYU and BYU-Idaho, I enjoyed showing the movie version. The Grapes of Wrath is a very important work of literature within the American social justice tradition. The film, and the book even more so, strongly portrays the devastating impact […]

“Good God Y’all”

Are there certain things that are never appropriate? My mother and I had this argument a lot when I was a teenager.  For instance the Old Testament clearly states, “Thou shalt not take the aname of the Lord thy God in bvain; for the Lord will not hold him cguiltless that dtaketh his name in […]

“Look in their eyes ma, You’ll see me” #hymnsofsocialjustice

Bruce Springsteen is teaming up with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to release a new album called “High Hopes,” it will be out in January of 2014. The new album will include some classic rock and roll numbers and covers of some of Springsteen’s previously recorded songs with he and Morello performing them […]