America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story behind Our Nations's Favorite Song

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book, like the song itself, has many roots. Here are some of them:

At Wellesley College, I am especially grateful to Wilma Slaight, whose meticulous and enthusiastic management of the Wellesley College Archives made my research there a constant delight. Thanks also to Jean Berry, and to President Diana Chapman Walsh for her encouragement.

The families of both Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel Augustus Ward generously responded to all my requests for help. Very special thanks to Jane Grant, Ann Grant Stanley, and Katherine Stanley for keeping the poet's flame burning. And deep gratitude to Virginia Morrell and Adam Morrell for keeping the musician's memories and mementos safe.

Many other helpful individuals gave openly of their time and information. In Falmouth, Massachusetts: Ann Sears at the Falmouth Historical Society and Robert Bidwell; in Newark, New Jersey: Charles Cummings of the Newark Public Library and James McGregor of Grace Episcopal Church; also, Grace-Ellen McCrann of the New Jersey Historical Society and Bill Gordon of the Newark Star-Ledger. In Colorado Springs: Edwina Foreman, Film Commissioner, and Todd A. Wilson of Colorado College; in Rochester, New York: Jack Handy and Jane Grant of Lake Avenue Baptist Church; in Nashville: LaVonne Gaw of Graceland and Ed Enoch.

Thanks also to two former members of Congress, Margaret Heckler and Andy Jacobs; to Nan Keohane, Mike Milewski of the University of Massachusestts‐ Amherst, Melinda S. Ullrich of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Hal Worthley of the Congregational Library, Carl P. Daw Jr. of the National Hymn Society, Martha Mitchell at Brown University, Don Singalewitch of the Orpheus Club, Lonn Taylor, Frank Tucker, Arnold Collins and Dr. Andrea Hinding of the YMCA, David Ritz, Melinda Ponder, Sandy Bates, and Steve Barnett.

To the singular Marvin Hamlisch, whose insights and energy both confirmed my own excitement and helped focus the story, a giant thank-you.

At PublicAffairs, I have enjoyed a welcome reunion with Peter Osnos and the wise guidance of my editor, Kate Darnton and managing editor, Robert Kimzey.

As usual, the book was buoyed by the incomparable agentry and friendship of Esther Newberg and by the knowing tolerance of my family and friends. Thank you all.

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  • America the Beautiful *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 9
  • The Poem 13
  • The Music 39
  • The Song 55
  • The Meaning 71
  • The Anthem 81
  • The Legacy 95
  • Acknowledgments 115
  • Photo Credits 117
  • Selected Bibliography 119
  • Index 121
  • A Note about the Author 125
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