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Unformatted text preview: 1-14-08America in 1865Political contextEnd of the civil warLincoln was assonated13thamendment14thamendmentWomens suffrageEconomic growth in the north, some recovery in the southCorruption in government1873 first failure of New York Stock Exchange1868 Alaska was purchasedSocial and cultural contextMore industrialization Mass labor and mass consumptionChange to a more urban societyPony ExpressTransatlantic wireGolden spike on the railroad1870 Levi Jeans foundedPhotography comes mainstreamLiteracy and literatureAmerican literary renaissance1-16-08What was it about Walt Whitmans poetry was radical and controversial?His subjects were taboo, sexual and sensual, rather unconventional, and homoerotic. It made him a modern poet, even in todays time.Walt Whitman2ndof nine children, born to what we would call today as dysfunctional, is father was alcoholic, suspected 4 of the children had mental health issues.Whitmans mother once wrote that He was a strange boyLeft school at a early age, and began teaching, turned to many journalist-type jobs.He was alternative with his fashion1855 he self publishes 800 copies of a 95 page book with 12 poems Leaves of GrassHis first edition didnt do so well, he sent a copy to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who liked it.His first edition didnt do so well, he sent a copy to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who liked it....
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