National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: November 19, 1861

"Let Us Die to Make Men Free"

Photo of Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe writes "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which becomes an extremely popular patriotic song, sung long after the end of the war.

Now: May 21, 1984

"The Flag Still Stands for Freedom"

Phot of Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood releases "God Bless the U.S.A." The song is also focused on religion and freedom, and surges in popularity during wartime.

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