Books Julia Ward Howe at Eighty-Eight, photomechanical print
JULIA WARD HOWE AT EIGHTY-EIGHT.
One of the most remarkable figures of that half-century of our national history which
had the Civil War as its center and focus, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, celebrates on the 27th
of the present month her eighty-eighth Wirthday. Mrs.. Howe attained eminence iln the widely
differentfields of authorship, philanthropy, and politics. She was born in New York, City on
May 2, 1819. From h her , Julia Rush Ward, she inherited an unusual .literary talent,
and upon her marriage, in 1843, to Dr. Samuel Gridley owe, the eminent philanthropist,
she began conducting with him the Boston Commonowealth, an anti-slavery journal,: continuing
up to the time of the Civil War. After the slavery question had been settled she became ac-
tive in woman's suffrage, prison reform, the cause of universal -peae, and otlier philanthropic
causes. For almost half a century she has been known as a writer and.lecturer on. social sub-
jects, and for several years during the late '9o's of the- past century she frequentlyD preached
from Unitarian pulpits. Her best-known literary work is undoubtedly her fine poem "The
Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was written while visiting the camps near Washington
in i86i and published firt in the Alati Oth well- n pes of her re
"Passion Flowers" Words for the Hour," and "From Sunset' Ridge." Well known, also,
are her essays and prose writigs, "A Trip to Cuba," "Sex and Education," "ALife of
Margaret Fller," "Is Polite Society Polite? and her fascinating "Remminiences."
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