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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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42              Youth's Golden Gleam
There were greed, hate, and violence m America of that era and Cincinnati had its share of all. Having said this, it may be said farther that the city; stood out in battling vul­garity and materialism and in fostering fine­ness in the things of the spirit. Facts about Cincinnati's contributions in music, literature, and public and social life will be set forth specifically because they influenced the work of Stephen Foster.
International and national issues* as well as state and local affairs were presented with amazing fullness in the Cincinnati newspapers of the 'forties. Citizens read and discussed. It was a period of public gatherings! for all sorts of causes.
Meeting the eyes of Stephen Foster and thousands of others scanning the daily papers were the names of citizens who led in matters of public spirit; and some of these names re­tain broad interest today.
Here, in the Gazette?1 was an open letter from Nicholas Longworth, lawyer and horti-
* There were abundant items regarding events in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. When, for exam pie, Macaulay retired from public life in 1849, ^e dtlas quoted in full his Glasgow address (April 19, 1849).
f Such as meetings and concerts for the benefit of the poor in Ireland and in Scotland, Whig and Democratic gatherings, tem­perance rallies, sessions of the Chamber of Commerce, Horticul­tural Society, Young Men's Mercantile Library Association, etc., etc. The now famous Literary Club was founded in October 1849.

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