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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 writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. splendidrecipes

    Hey JoAnn thanks for posting this great article. We are always learning something everyday, and today I did. Thanks! 😃

  2. Stringer Mallard

    Ashamed to say I’d never heard of him, thanks for posting that video, I’ll watch it later.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoy Sandburg!

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