Edward Everett Hale wrote this
popular short story “for the single purpose of teaching young Americans what it
is to have a country, what is the duty which they owe to that country, and how
central that duty is.” Though he wrote The Man Without a Country
in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, he sought to demonstrate the importance
of a country, without including specific references to the war.
Dr. Hale wore many hats during his
lifetime. He was a Harvard graduate, a Latin teacher, a minister for forty-four
years at the South Congregational Church in Boston, and a chaplain to the United
States Senate. He passionately supported the Union's cause as well as public
He died on June 10, 1909, in
Roxbury, Massachusettes, but not before leaving behind a large body of
influential writings. Dr. Hale authored more than sixty books, contributed
frequently to newspapers and magazines, and excelled in the short story genre.
The Man Without a Country is one of Dr. Hale's most popular short
stories, and its inspirational message still resonates with readers today.
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