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Why Walt Whitman Is My Favorite Author

One of the most exciting things I love about Whitman was his use of poetry to define his existence as just another part of nature's creation. With all the amazing things he accomplished before the Civil War, he was also very private in never tooting his own horn. Gray writes, "Whitman identifies himself, in these… Continue reading Why Walt Whitman Is My Favorite Author

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Captivity, Conflict, and Connections in Native Guard and Daisy Miller

What is interesting about Native Guard is that it seems to take into account the Black soldiers who joined after New Orleans fell to the Union soldiers in May of 1862.  At that times, tens of thousands of former slaves joined the Union Army. What I found interesting is that a modern writer took modern… Continue reading Captivity, Conflict, and Connections in Native Guard and Daisy Miller

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America’s Philosophy Of War And Societal Order

Why is war so momentous in America's history? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 1776 and 1991, a total of 41,892,128 American soldiers died during U.S. wars (America’s Wars).  From the Revolutionary War all the way to intervention in Syria today, it is ingrained in the American identity that war is constitutionally… Continue reading America’s Philosophy Of War And Societal Order