“Walt Whitman’s Niece”

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From Billy Bragg and Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue, an album of Woody Guthrie lyrics they set to music.  I’ve been listening to the song for years but never realized until last week in Camden that Whitman’s last surviving direct descendant was, in fact, some kind of niece.

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PBS Documentary: Whitman and the Civil War

“The Civil War” (8:20)

Drum-Taps” (8:40)

Two episodes from a pretty cool series (online and free–the whole thing is at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/whitman/program/) featuring our own Karen Karbiener as well as other scholars and writers including Ed Folsom, Ken Price, Alan Garganus, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

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