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For Spacious Skies: Katharine Lee Bates and the Inspiration for "America the Beautiful"

Katharine Lee Bates first wrote the lines to "America the Beautiful" after a stirring visit to Pikes Peak in 1893. But the story behind the song begins with Katharine herself, who pushed beyond conventional expectations of women to become an acclaimed writer, scholar, suffragist, and reformer.

This picture book follows the story of Bates as she sought out an education at Wellesley College, helped found a settlement house for immigrants, spoke out for world peace, and contemplated how a nation as diverse as America could find a sense of unity. Katharine believed in the power of words to make a difference, and in "America the Beautiful," her vision of the nation as a great family, united from sea to shining sea, continues to uplift and inspire us all.

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"On a train trip across the country in 1893, [Bates] marveled at Niagara Falls, the World’s Fair in Chicago, and the endless fields of wheat in Kansas, but she also was aware of the plights of workers in mines, fields, and factories during the economic depression. When she saw grand vistas from the summit of Pikes Peak, she was inspired to write the first lines of a poem expressing her vision of a united nation, a land shared by all.... A handsome volume befitting its subject." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Nancy Churnin
Illustrator Olga Baumert
ISBN 0807525308
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Series Name She Made History
Language English