“O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain…”Almost chosen as the National Anthem in 1926, “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, born AUGUST 12, 1859.
Daughter of a Congregational minister, Katherine Lee Bates taught high school, then English literature at Wellesley College.
She hosted gatherings at her home for students and literary guests, including Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and William Butler Yeats.
“Some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon.
Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules.
I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.”
“John Kennedy’s death commands what his life conveyed-that America must move forward.
The time has come for Americans of all races and creeds and political beliefs to understand and to respect one another…
Let us here highly resolve that John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not live-or die-in vain…
“America. the Beautiful” was referred to by President Ronald Reagan in meeting South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, November 14, 1983:
“At the worship service Sunday morning with our soldiers…less than a mile from one of the most tyrannical regimes on Earth…a choir of little girls…all orphans…closing the service, singing “America, the Beautiful” in our language, was a spiritual experience.”
O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,