He was born on the 50th anniversary of America. He came from a family who lived in the North and had strong feelings regarding the issue of slavery. He did not have the opportunity of formal musical training, but became the voice of the music that inspired that time in America. His melodies and his lyrics became what America used to continue on the theme of Manifest Destiny. Now that message is no longer considered politically correct. He died before his 40th birthday. Come and hear the story of the man and his music.