Art: Earth Mother

Three years after Lord Byron died at Missolonghi muttering "Courage!" to imagined troops, the romantic Greek rebellion against the Turks still flickered in Attica, still held the sympathies of many a U. S. and English citizen. On July 19, 1827, for instance, the U. S. frigate Constitution anchored in the Straits of Salamis and quietly and unofficially sent ashore a boatload of provisions to Greek revolutionaries hiding on the small island of Psyttaleia. Before Commodore Daniel Todd Patterson could sail away, however, he was persuaded by the Greeks to buy a...

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