Tyler Mahan Coe
This episode looks at what Merle Haggard did when it happened to him in 1969 with “Okie from Muskogee.”
The song was just what so many Americans needed at the time. Conservatives needed someone to stand up and defend small town, traditional values. Politicians needed someone to justify America’s continuing involvement in the Vietnam War. Oklahomans needed someone to redeem the meaning of the word “okie,” a hateful slur that arose from The Great Depression.