Music: Man Without a Country

Philip Nolan was a shady horse dealer from Louisiana who was shot in 1801 by the Spaniards he had cheated. Edward Everett Hale was a Boston minister who helped whip up Union sentiment during the Civil War. When politicians like Clement Vallandigham of Ohio began to recommend separatism, Dr. Hale wrote The Man Without a Country as an object lesson. Dr. Hale named his hero Philip Nolan, built around him a story of treason and punishment so detailed that it sounded true. In the story Nolan is arrested for plotting with Aaron Burr to found a kingdom in the Southwest. At...

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