1] Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), 16th president of the United States, assassinated in Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., at the close of the American Civil War. His home town, and Lindsay's, was Springfield, the state capital of Illinois.
4] the old court-house: the old state capitol, completed in 1853. Lincoln in 1858 gave his "House Divided" speech, on the chaotic effects of having a government both for and against slavery. A limestone edifice, it now stands near the downtown mall.
5] Lincoln's home, erected in 1839 and purchased by him in 1844, stands at 8th and Jackson and is open to the public.
13] his hillside: the Lincoln monument, built over his grave, stands in Oak Ridge cemetery. The granite obelisk and mausoleum were finished in 1874, obtained by the state in 1895, and restored by it in 1899-1901.
22] dreadnoughts: battleships.
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Original text: Vachel Lindsay, The Daniel Jazz and Other Poems (London: G. Bell, 1920): 66-68. PS 3523 I58D3 Robarts Library. Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 53-54. PS 3523 I58A17 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 21 September 1914
Publication date note: Independent (Sept. 21, 1914)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21
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