The Battle Hymn of the Republic C100 Task 2
The Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861 is one of the most moving and powerful pieces of music I have ever listened to. From the time of my childhood growing up listening to this song and singing it at different events, I can remember always feeling uplifted, inspired, and moved. The musical arrangement and the lyrics strike a chord in me and cause my faith to be stirred.
In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on, (Civil War Music: The Battle Hymn of the Republic. March 2019). These lyrics are so special in that they have the power to unite and stir courage in the hearts of those who hear it.
Aspect(s) of Interest
One aspect of this musical piece that really interests me is the third verse. This verse really gives you the sense that you are part of something much bigger than yourself. It also evokes the sense that you are working on behalf of God's divine plan and that your victory is certain. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat Our God is Marching on. (Civil War Music: The Battle Hymn of the Republic. March 2019) I imagine that it was quite powerful to have entire companies of Union soldiers marching and signing in unison.
The Battle Hymn of The Republic was written during the Realism Period. This time period spanned from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It was a time of tremendous economic growth and change. Advances in technology made way for increased production in many factories and industries. Urbanization was a result of the Industrial Revolution. People began leaving the rural areas and pouring into cities in search of greater opportunities. Although this was a period known for innovation, it was also a period that came with challenges. Laborers often found themselves working in dangerous conditions, where the hours were long and the pay was low. The contrast between the wealthy and the poor caused many to become disgruntled, which resulted in new reform movements. Women specifically, played major roles in several reform movements including the abolition of slavery, education reform, and women's rights (History of The United States Industrialization and reform (1870-1916). In 1859 Charles Darwin, one of the great philosophers of the time wrote On the Origins or Species. This book introduced Darwin's theory of natural selection. Another big piece of history during this period was the American Civil War which went on from 1861-1865. Abraham Lincoln had only been inaugurated as president for a few months when the war started.
Insights into the Work
Though she lived in a time when women were not afforded the same opportunities or rights as men, Julia was a woman with a passion to see her wo...