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Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878) [Verse from William Cullen Bryant's poem, The Battlefield]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06631.03 Author/Creator: Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph quotation signed Date: 18 May 1878 Pagination: 1 p. ; 14.2 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Verse from Bryant's poem, "Truth crushed to earth, shall rise again/The eternal years of God are here. But Error, wounded, writhed in pain/And dies amid his worshippers." Signed and dated, New York, May 18th, 1878.

Background Information: Bryant worked as a lawyer in Northampton, Plainfield, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts until 1825 when he married and moved to New York City. He worked for the New York Review and ...then the New York Evening Post. First an associate editor, he later became editor in 1829 and remained in that post until his death. As the driving force of this liberal and literate paper, he was strongly anti-slavery.
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People: Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Literature and Language ArtsPoetryReligion

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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