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Bates, Katharine Lee (1859-1929) America the Beautiful [printed text, signed, with accompanying text]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07123 Author/Creator: Bates, Katharine Lee (1859-1929) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Document signed Date: 1925 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed text of the four stanza poem, signed at the end on the bottom of page 1, with an additional text on accompanying pages explaining the circumstances of her originally writing it, when inspired by vistas at Pike's Peak. Bates also details the poem's publication history and its musical settings. Dating inferred by previous owner.


Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, Music, Poetry, American West

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties