Democratic Vistas

Democratic Vistas : The Original Edition in Facsimile

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Written in the aftermath of the American Civil War during the ferment of national Reconstruction, Walt WhitmanOCOs Democratic Vistas remains one of the most penetrating analyses of democracy ever written. Diagnosing democracyOCOs failures as well as laying out its vast possibilities, Whitman offers an unflinching assessment of the ongoing social experiment known as the United States. Now available for the first time in a facsimile of the original 1870-1871 edition, with an introduction and annotations by noted Whitman scholar Ed Folsom that illuminate the essayOCOs historical and cultural contexts, this searing analysis of American culture offers readers today the opportunity to argue with Whitman over the nature of democracy and the future of the nation."show more

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  • Electronic book text | 215 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587299232
  • 9781587299230

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"By an extraordinary feat of scholarship and interpretation, Ed Folsom's new edition of" Democratic Vistas" presents this difficult work, troubled yet ecstatic, as something of great significance to our own times. With its historical notes and annotated bibliography and the important new scholarship in the introduction, this edition offers both context and tools for analytical interpretation. Folsom has the courage and the scholarly wherewithal to pose the essay's ringing affirmations of equality and freedom against its shocking failure even so much as to mention the nation's black population, especially the masses of newly freed ex-slaves. The omission of African Americans from this otherwise eloquent screed on behalf of democracy by the nation's 'poet of democracy' leaves a gaping hole. Scholars and other readers have typically closed their eyes to the implication of this absence, the unavoidable implication of racism; Folsom's introduction now makes it impossible to ignore this negashow more

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