Furl That Banner: The Life of Abram J. Ryan, Poet-Priest of the South


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In 1879, Abram J. Ryan's name was a household name in the South, especially after the publication of his book Father Ryan's Poems. His poems ?The Conquered Banner? and ?The Sword of Robert Lee?, were committed to memory by generations of children in the South. Margaret Mitchell, who knew them by heart, included Ryan as a character in GWTW because of her admiration for his work. Ryan was the editor of the Banner of the South, an anti-Reconstruction newspaper, in Augusta, Georgia, and popularized the term ?Lost Cause?. His ...

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