Every time I think that the country is a drab conformist selfish mess, I am often reminded about interesting stories in the past. This becomes particularly true when you are explaining history to someone who is not from the US. I was doing just such a thing to a Chilean, when I was reminded about John Brown and Bleeding Kansas. So in Commemoration!
The melody also became the inspiration to joe hill's momentous song. (joe hill being an extremely interesting character of his own.)
There is just such a rich history of individuals of brilliance and conviction.