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Twenty-ninth anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society
Music for the 29th anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society included Mrs. Howe's famous song

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Julia Ward Howe Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters
January 28, 1908

On November 18, 1861, Howe witnessed a Confederate attack on Union troops in Virginia. She wrote the poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," set to the tune of "John Brown's Body," a marching song popular among Union soldiers. It was published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862, and she received just $5 dollars for the piece. It became very popular in the North, commonly sung at public gatherings. After the war, Howe worked for women's rights, prison reform, and sex education, fighting battles for causes she believed in until her death in 1910.
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