Who wrote America the Beautiful and why?

Who wrote America the Beautiful and why?

Bates, Katharine Lee The song "America the Beautiful" was inspired by a poem written by Katharine Lee Bates, a professor, poet, and writer, on a trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1893. She was so taken with the beauty of the area that she wrote a poem about it.

The poem was first published in the September 6, 1895 issue of The New York Times Magazine under the title "A Song for Americans." It began as follows: "O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating deeds, By stout hearts guided by the wise, Whose blood has washed this land clean!"

It is estimated that over 10 million copies have been sold since it was first published.

Bates wrote two more songs during her stay in Colorado Springs, one of which became known as "My Country 'Tis of Thee." She also wrote a third song called "Home, Sweet Home," but it wasn't published at the time because it was felt that the public wouldn't understand its meaning. However, today it is known that "Home, Sweet Home" was specifically written as a response to "America the Beautiful," which had become a popular camp song.

Where did Katherine Bates write America the Beautiful?

Colorado Springs, Colorado The song "America the Beautiful" was inspired by a poem written by Katharine Lee Bates, a professor, poet, and writer, on a trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1893.

Bates' father was a minister who traveled around their home state of Virginia with an abolitionist ministry. Because of this, they had many moves throughout the country as her father worked to establish new churches. When Katey was only eight years old, the family finally settled in Colorado for three years before moving back to Virginia. During these years in Colorado, she developed an interest in poetry which led her to write poems and stories when she grew up. She also met President Benjamin Harrison here and they became friends. When her father died, he left behind a large debt which forced Bates to go back to school to learn how to be a teacher. She eventually earned a degree in education from Columbia University and began teaching in New York City.

In 1890, she married William Grosvenor Bates but the marriage only lasted two years.

What inspired "America the Beautiful"?

Pikes Peak as seen from the Carroll Lakes in 1925. A hike up a Colorado mountain inspired Katharine Lee Bates' poem "America," which subsequently became the song "America the Beautiful." This article is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series of songs that inspire, unify, celebrate, and mobilize people.

Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful" after hiking with her friend Alice Baker Lewis up Pikes Peak, a mountain in Colorado. The two women had been invited to participate in a race called the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb, but they declined because they didn't want to compete with men. However, while they were on the trip, they saw all of America's beauty—from Maine to California—and this inspired Bates to write about what she saw.

Bates originally wrote four stanzas of poetry for "America the Beautiful," but only three remain today. The first two stanzas are as follows:

O beautiful for patriot dream! O noble vision of our land! America the beautiful.

God bless our country, America.

I think of you, dear one, when I see trees in bloom,

The blue of our sky, clouds flying high,

And of course, the stars on a moonlit night.

When was the song America the Beautiful written?

Ward's music, along with Bates' poetry, was initially released in 1910 under the title "America the Beautiful." The song is one of the most well-known patriotic songs in the United States. American composer Victor Herbert included his own version of the song in an album that he released in 1919.

Herbert's version became very popular and was later covered by many other artists. One of these covers was Linda Ronstadt's 1976 recording which has been cited as one of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone.

Ronstadt's cover reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

America the Beautiful was originally written for use as an anthem or hymn by William M. McBurney. The piece was first published in Ward's Music Magazine in August 1910. It was set to poems by Elizabeth Diller Wright. The poem was inspired by visits to the U.S. National Parks system and is based on words spoken by John Muir while they were hiking together in Yosemite Valley in 1890. Wright was a friend of Muir's who helped edit his writings before their publication. The two women would go on to write several more poems for Ward's Music magazine including My Country 'Tis Of Thee in 1911 and They'll Never Put Us Out In This Rain in 1912.

How was America the Beautiful born?

Her poem "America" was initially published on July 4, 1895, two years after her ascent of Pikes Peak. In 1904 she rewrote it, adding, "And crown thy good with brotherhood/From sea to shining sea." It was eventually adapted to Samuel Ward's melody "Materna," giving birth to the contemporary "America the Beautiful."

It is a patriotic song that has become synonymous with American patriotism. The words were written by Lillie M. Blakely as a tribute to the men and women who fought in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. She also wrote the words to the popular Civil War song "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Blakely was inspired to write "America" after visiting many U.S. states during a tour of the country conducted by the Chicago Tribune. While in Chicago, she read an article about Pike's Peak in Colorado being made a national park. This inspired her to write about the beauty of the United States.

The poem was first performed by Elizabeth Dilling in Denver on July 5, 1895, at a banquet held to celebrate the official opening of the new federal court building. The event was attended by several members of the Congress who were celebrating their victory over the Utah government in its attempt to block federal land ownership laws. These events are now known as the "Wedding of the Waters" due to the wedding dress worn by Dilling as she recited her poem.

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