How did John Greenleaf Whittier’s early life shape his later poetry?
Which writers and books had an early influence on Whittier’s poetry?
In what ways did the fact that Whittier was a Quaker influence his political views and career as a newspaperman? How did it affect his poetry?
How did Whittier use his poetry to help affect political events from 1840 to 1860?
Why were Americans in the post-Civil War era so accepting of Whittier’s nostalgic poetry?
Though Whittier is considered a regional (New England) poet, why do his works have an appeal for Americans from many regions?