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America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nationís Favorite Song
America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song
Our Price: $25.00
Year: 2001
Pages: 125
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 1586480855

Product Code: 756767431

Lynn Sherr. It has been called a hymn, a prayer, our unofficial nat. anthem -- ďAmerica the Beautiful,Ē the song that has expressed the dreams of Americans from Ray Charles to Elvis Presley, from eager immigrants to hopeful graduates, from the battlefields of WW1 to the Super Bowl. In this first full biography of this song, Sherr reveals the dramatic story behind its unlikely creation. She profiles the poet, Katharine Lee Bates, who composed the verse after a trek to the top of Pikes Peak, CO. She introduces us to Samuel Augustus Ward, who conceived the melody in a moment of inspiration after a trip to Coney Island. Katharine & Sam never met or even communicated, but their creations seamlessly captured the American spirit. Beautifully designed & illustrated!

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