|The next song, "John Brown's Body" is about 150 years old. It's from back around the time that northern Christians, abolitionists, free blacks, anti-slavery activists and Kansas land owners first formed the Republican party. It's about the abolitionist and well known Baptist Preacher John Brown, an honorable man who gave his life to put an end to slavery.
During the civil war northern soldiers used to sing the song as they marched off to battle. After "Julia Ward Howe" heard Union troops singing this, the original version of the song, she wrote her own words to it's tune. Soon after, her version was published in the "Atlantic Monthly" as . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"The Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
"John Brown's Body"