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ERIC Number: EJ931213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
"Paul Revere's Ride": Awakening Abolitionists
Lepore, Jill
American Educator, v35 n2 p28-31, 39 Sum 2011
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used to be both the best-known poet in the English-speaking world and the most beloved, adored by the learned and the lowly alike, read by everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Abraham Lincoln to John Ruskin and Queen Victoria--and, just as avidly, by the queen's servants. "Paul Revere's Ride" is Longfellow's best-known poem. It was published in the "Atlantic Monthly" in January 1861. The issue appeared on newsstands in Boston on December 20, the day South Carolina seceded from the Union. The poem was read at the time as a call to arms, rousing northerners to action, against what Charles Sumner called the "Slaveocracy"--"a warning voice" waking those who would concede to barbarism from what George Sumner (Charles's brother) called "their precious Sunday slumbers." (Contains 2 resources.)
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Language: English
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