Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book would not have been possible without the generosity and support of a number of people who may not fully realize the debt of gratitude that I owe them, and I am happy to have a moment here to offer some slight recompense...

Abbreviations

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p. xi

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1. Walt Whitman’s Reconstruction

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pp. 1-14

On May 23rd, 1865, the combined might of nearly the entire Union army gathered for one last march. Two hundred thousand strong they came, wending their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., for a magnificent...

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2. Periodicals, Politics, and the New Paper World

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pp. 15-48

Walt Whitman’s Civil War writings, while voluminous and complex, were only one small eddy in a river of texts that emerged from the confluence of the wrenching national conflict and the dramatic transformation of the publishing...

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3. Whitman and the Elusive Site of Memory

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pp. 49-76

The rise of American periodicals and the continued expansion of the publishing business that followed the Civil War coincided with a rush to commemorate and then, as years passed, to document definitively the events that took place. National monuments...

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4. “By the Roadside” and Whitman’s Narrative of Poetic (Re)Awakening

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pp. 77-108

As formal Reconstruction came to a close and commemorating the war took precedence over the contentious political debates in the public imagination, Whitman returned once more to the task of the next edition of...

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5. Whitman’s General

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pp. 109-133

The dramatic changes in the partisan press after the war matched the considerable upheaval in the post–Civil War political landscape in the United States. While the Democratic Party was clearly in disarray following the war...

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6. Reconstructing His Story

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pp. 134-150

Whitman saw his Memoranda as an effort to preserve the truth of the Civil War by honoring the blank spaces, the undocumented struggles, and the unknown dead, at the same time the country was preoccupied...

Notes

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pp. 151-168

Bibliography

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pp. 169-176

Index

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pp. 177-187