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The Battle Hymn of Julia Ward Howe

The Poetry Foundation
Julia Ward Howe, an abolitionist and social activist, is most remembered for her Civil War-era song "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, poet Julia Ward Howe set pen to paper to write new lyrics to a song that would become synonymous with patriotism. She became best known for the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but her life and work as an abolitionist and social reformer extended beyond poetry.


This show originally aired on March 24, 2016 at 11 a.m.