the most beautiful anthem: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

What: Julia Ward Howe's thunderous declaration of America's resolve, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Why: An anthem is a song that takes an unequivocal position and attempts to draw adherence to a cause. The "Battle Hymn" was written by Julia Ward Howe, who wasn't just a poet; she was an abolitionist and an unshakable […]