Born: January 6, 1878
Died: July 22, 1967
Carl Sandburg was born the second child of seven in 1878. Carl worked since he was a young boy. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade to continue work. Over a time of ten years Carl had a variety of jobs. He delivered milk, harvested ice, laid bricks, threshed wheat in Kansas, and shined shoes in Galesburg’s Union Hotel before traveling without a home in 1897. Carl’s experiences working and traveling greatly influenced his writing and political views. As a homeless man he learned a number of folk songs and stories.
In 1898 the Spanish-American War broke out and Carl was twenty years old. Carl fought in the war and afterwards he returned to his hometown and enrolled in Lombard College, supporting himself as a call fireman. Sandburg learned his writing skills and after Sandburg graduated from college he wrote poetry and sold stereoscope views. After two years Carl made his first book of poetry, In reckless Ecstasy, which was printed in 1904. Two more volumes of Sandburg’s work were printed, Incidentals(1907) and The Plaint of Rose(1908),