4th of July Special: "The Building of the Ship" by Longfellow


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Here is a special fourth of July poem. Longfellow, writing during the build-up to the civil war, is encouraging the north to remember that the ship of state is not fully built. It is up to the next generation to fully institute the vision of the founders: This means ending slavery.

This is a poem that is primarily analogistic. It is a supremely patriotic and American poem.

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