Carl August Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois on January 6, 1878. His parents, August and Clara Johnson, were immigrants from Sweden. After he encountered many August Johnsons in his job with the railroad, Carl’s father decided to rename the family. The Sandburgs were poor and as a result, Carl had to quit school at the age of thirteen to drive a milk truck and deliver milk to help support the family. At seventeen, Carl Sandburg went to Kansas as a hobo. During the eight months that he served in Puerto Rico for the Spanish American war, he encountered a student from Lombard College (now Knox College), the college located in his hometown. He was convinced to enroll there after the war. At Lombard College, Carl Sandburg wrote his first poems which attracted the attention of Professor Phillip Green Wright, who encouraged the writing as well as paid for the publication of Sandburg’s first volume of poetry in 1904, called Reckless Ecst...