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The relationship between Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln has long been the stuff of legend. According to one report, in 1857 Lincoln in his Springfield law office picked up a copy of Whitman’s poetry...
Anne Bradstreet is famous for being the first American poet. For Bradstreet, writing poetry was a way to serve God and the community. The problem was that she was a woman, and women were not supposed to write poetry.
One of the most surprising connections of the American Revolutionary era emerged at the very beginning of the war between the African American poet Phillis Wheatley and the commander in chief of the American forces, George Washington.
Out of Whitman’s generalized American nationalism grew Langston Hughes’s specifically Afro-nationalistic fervor. By June 1921, Hughes was writing that he spoke for and as “the Negro.”
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Anne Bradstreet’s poetry collection, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, was published, making Bradstreet the first published female writer in America.
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Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784) was the first African American woman writer to be published. She was taken from Africa as a child and enslaved in Boston by the Wheatley family. The Wheatleys recognized her intellect and she soon learned English, Greek, and Latin, and developed her own literary abilities. In 1773 Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral was published to much acclaim. The Wheatleys manumitted her and she married and had three children, none of whom survived childhood, before succumbing to disease...
Historians consider American antislavery writings during a roundtable discussion presented during a Gilder Lehrman online course.
An eminent Lincoln scholar, Douglas Wilson is the director emeritus of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. In Honor’s Voice, Professor Wilson draws on testimonies and recollections by Abraham Lincoln’s contemporaries to separate truth from myth about Lincoln’s formative years.