A Song of Liberty

In 1855, the New England Emigrant Aid Company awarded a prize for the best work encouraging free-soil immigrants to move to Kansas. Lucy Larcom, a poet and teacher in Massachusetts, won the prize for her “Call to Kansas.” Larcom’s poem was set to music, with her lyrics announcing, “Freedom is the noblest pay/ For the true man’s toil.” She implored: “Hasten all with me/ We’ll sing upon the Kansas plains/ A song of liberty!”