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Sandburg’s Poetry and Social Reform

Carl Sandburg: His Life, His Poetry, His Cause

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.

Thomas Waddick

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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