Library Exhibits

The Politics of Poetry: Walt Whitman and the Public Memory of Abraham Lincoln

This exhibit was mounted from April 1 to June 15, 2008 in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln never met in life, but Whitman has played an instrumental role in the way Americans think about Lincoln and his work as President since the assassination in April 1865. This exhibition, drawn from the McLellan Lincoln Collection and the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays at the John Hay Library, explored Whitman's various memorials to Lincoln and their influence on generations of Americans, both those contemporaries who knew and remembered Lincoln, and those since who have had to imagine and re-imagine him for themselves.

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