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Rewriting the Lyrics… Julia Ward Howe

 “John Brown’s Body” was a song familiar to many during the Civil War, but the lyrics were re-written into another song entirely. On a visit to Washington DC in 1861, Julia Ward Howe (wife of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe) heard a regiment chanting the song. A companion of her suggested that new words aught to […]

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