Your Land, Our Land
Your Land, Our Land
Your Land, Our Land

Your Land, Our Land

  • Written by Monroe Dodd, Brian Barnes, and the Staff of the National Archives
  • With a foreword by Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Songwriter and social commentator Woody Guthrie traveled the continent in the 20th century, searching for the essence of his and our country. America--its plains and forests and seashores, its politics, its culture, its flaws, and frailties, but most assuredly its people--pervaded his lyrics. In "This Land is Your Land," he wrote of the country's natural beauty: golden valleys, diamond deserts, redwood forests, and Gulfstream waters. He also wrote of those Americans down on their luck and wondering about their share of it all. The country, he said, was ours to accept or change. It belongs to us.

    So, too, does our heritage belong to us all. The National Archives preserves that heritage not only in Washington but also in 13 regional locations across America. In those regional collections is kept the story of our disputes and our agreements, our struggles and our victories, the images of ourselves, our families, our cities, and our culture.

    They are the inspiration for Your Land, Our Land: Two Centuries of American Words and Images from the Regions of the National Archives.

    For this volume, Archives staffers in each of the 13 regions poured through their vast files. They emerged with images and documents representing life in every part of the country--from stunning to profound, lighthearted to heartbreaking, and often awe-inspiring.

    As did Woody Guthrie's renowned ballad, this volume salutes our country's glories, but also helps us understand our frailties. In the same way, the National Archives helps preserve the heritage of all of us in every part of America, from sea to sea.