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The Barefoot Boy, Modernized

Last week we heard the story about the Children in a Democracy report cover that was torn off because it depicted 3 barefoot children on their way to school, and the government offical thought that reflected badly on the United States.

In one of the newspapers of the time there appeared a poem that mocked that decision.

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Barefoot Days

I haven’t done a poem for a while.

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The Barefoot Trail

Quite a while back I showed you a poem from 1907 by Edwin L. Sabin called The Barefoot Trail. There’s also a song with the same name (different words, completely different tune) from 1920, sung by the famous Irish Tenor, John McCormack.

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Barefoot Boy

Back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, barefoot boys were the epitome of freedom, and it seems every poet (or would-be poet) ended up writing such a poem.

Here’s another one.

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Barefoot Girl

We’re all (I presume) familiar with John Greenleaf Whittier’s classic poem “Barefoot Boy“.

Do you think maybe I could find a poem about a barefoot girl?

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Another “Barefoot Boy”

It seems there are a few folks who want to claim to be John Greenleaf Whittier’s “Barefoot Boy”. One of those was Hans Peter Bertelsen.

Add to that Francis D. Marston.

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In Colorful Characters: Hans Peter Bertelsen, I wrote about how Hans Peter Bertelsen was considered the inspiration for John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “The Barefoot Boy”. However, in a comment to that, it was suggested that Whittier himself was the barefoot boy.

What’s the real scoop?

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