Original Mother?s Day Proclamation was an Anti-War Manifesto | Evergreene Digest



Julia Ward Howe, author of the Motherís Day Proclamation of 1870, was a life-long abolitionist and therefore, early on, she was a supporter of the Union Armyís anti-slavery rationale for going to war to prevent the pro-slavery politicians and industrialists in the Confederate South from seceding from the union over the slavery issue. Howe was a compassionate and well-educated middle child of an upper class family. She was also a poet who, in the early days of the Civil War, wrote ďThe Battle Hymn of the RepublicĒ using many biblically-based lyrics. Howe had intended her song to be sung as an abolitionist song; however, because of some of the militant-sounding lyrics and the eminently marchable tune, it was rapidly adopted by the Union Army as its most inspiring war song, a reality that Howe likely regretted when the true nature of the worldís first ďtotal warĒ became clear to her.
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