Political Animal


October 22, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

79 years ago today, the Oklahoma outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd was killed by the FBI. Woody Guthrie wrote a song comparing him favorably with capitalists and their hireling lawmen, and it was recorded by an awful lot of great singers. Here’s Joan Baez’ version, recorded in 1962.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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