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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1842

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1842 / Maine Historical Society

So what was Longfellow saying? Was he celebrating a political awakening of the common man? Or was he lamenting the loss of such a dependable and responsible role model? Was he making a political or patriotic statement? Was he aware of the rapid change in the economic system? The decision is up to you.

 

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