Today in History: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, half-length portrait, seated, facing right
Today in History–May 31–the Library of Congress features writer Walt Whitman, born on this day in 1819. Whitman was a journalist, essayist, and poet whose poems written after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln cast him into the national spotlight. Learn more this American literary icon by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover more Whitman primary sources and teaching resources.


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