Walt Whitman

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How does Whitman's America differ from contemporary America? How have social, historical, religious, and ethical influences changed from his time to ours?

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Of course America has changed in superficial, technological ways since the mid- to late 19th century—for example, you can’t take to the open road on foot if it’s an Interstate—but the main difference is that America was still forming, still establishing its “personality”, still working out the practical ramifications of its Constitution, still an agricultural economy.  Today, America spends much of its energy and resources on international...

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