Stephen Foster
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Born: July 4, 1826

Died: January 13, 1864 (aged 37)

Occupation: Songwriter

Bio: Stephen Collins Foster, known as the father of American music, was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs such as Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, Old Folks at Home, Hard Times Come Again No More, My Old Kentucky Home, Old Black Joe, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, and Beautiful Dreamer remain popular over 150 years after he composed them.

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Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us - and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.

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