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Who wrote the lyrics to the America the Beautiful?

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January 22, 2011 10:03AM

  • It was 'America The Beautiful' and the lyrics (actually meant as a poem) were written by Katharine Lee Bates an English professor at Wellesley College in 1883. The poem was published in 1884 to celebrate the Fourth of July. It soon caught on and an amended version was published in 1904 and 1913. Some pieces of music were adapted to the poem and the Hymn tune composed in 1882 by Samuel A. Ward was considered the best music as early as 1910 and is still a popular tune today. During the John F. Kennedy Administration there were efforts to make 'America the Beautiful the National Anthem in place of the Star Spangled Banner, but so far has not succeeded. America the Beautiful was popularized after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Some sporting events will open with America the Beautiful rather than the Star Spangled Banner as the Anthem.