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"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" Audio, 1898, and Song Sheet, 1874

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Courtesy of Library of Congress, Smith, Samuel Francis, 1898 and 1874


"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was written by Samuel Francis Smith, an American Baptist minister and writer. Also known as "America," the sheet music was written in 1874 and the audio recording was created in 1898. 

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"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" Song Sheet

  • What words in the text describe our country?
  • What does "let freedom ring" mean?

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" Audio

  • When you listen to the song, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," what do the words "liberty, pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside" mean?
  • Why might this song be sung at school?

Citation Information

Audio: Smith, Samuel Francis, "America," 1898. Courtesy of Library of Congress

Song Sheet: Smith, Samuel Francis, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," Ditson & Co., 1874. Courtesy of Library of Congress