Sandburg’s Poetry and Social Reform
Carl August Sandburg was born on this day, January 6, in 1878. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry, and one Pulitzer for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Sandburg was a Social Democrat, and a populist poet. His words supported American laborers. soldiers, and the poor.
Sandburg’s emphasis on the importance of the laborer is tied to his work with the Social Democratic Party in Wisconsin and the time spent with laborers in his youth. It is this humanitarian platform on which all of Sandburg’s poetry is based. The fair treatment of workers is Sandburg’s greatest social crusade.