“They are just deportees” 1948

On January 28, 1948, a plane crashed at Los Gatos Canyon, California, carrying 28 deportees and 4 North Americans from California to Mexico.  Famous American folk musician Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song about the event, concerning the racist mistreatment of the deportees.  The song was covered by many artists, including Dolly Parton and Judy Collins.  The lyrics included:

The skyplane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon
The great ball of fire it shook all our hills
Who are these dear friends who are falling like dry leaves?
Radio said, “They are just deportees”

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