(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

This Dust Was Once The Man


THIS dust was once the Man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute--under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of These States.

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I totally agree with you..you are totally right about it being about slavery and Lincon saving the union.
Of course I'm right, and of course Cavanaugh agrees with me. Wait a minute, Cavanaugh, what are you doing here? *chases her out with a rolled up poetry book*
I think you're right about the slavery thing. Thanks for posting that. I hadn't thought of that but now that you say it you're right.
I think 'the foulest crime in history' is slavery, and that it talks about Lincoln saving the union by despatching slavery.
I feel that Whitman had a lot of respect for Abraham Lincoln and his success in uniting American and that this poem was dedicated to him. I think that the 'foulest crime in history' might mean the Civil War but more likely the assassination of President Lincoln.
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