From Walt Whitmans Caution

Whitman is challenging the status quo in a very tenuous time in American History. In this strong, open poetry, we see Whitman's attempt to become a fully representative voice speaking not only for parties and factions, but everyone. In the next lecture, entitled "Banned in Boston," we'll talk about how people tried to silence this voice.

These are possibly the oldest known photographs of American slaves

A Congo slave named Renty, who lived on B.F. Taylor's plantation, "Edgehill"; Jack, a slave from the Guinea Coast (ritual scars decorate his cheek); and an unidentified slave.

These are possibly the oldest known photographs of American slaves

A Congo slave named Renty, who lived on B.F. Taylor's plantation, "Edgehill"; Jack, a slave from the Guinea Coast (ritual scars decorate his cheek); and an unidentified slave.

1. Why did Whitman call the Civil War the central event of his life?

2. Discuss the reciprocal relationship between Whitman and Abraham Lincoln.

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