Dispatches to Henry Raymond’s New York Times: Whitman on Trauma in Civil War Washington

Writing from Washington, where he spent the war years as a devoted hospital visitor or nurse, Whitman deployed his considerable skill as a journalist to introduce readers everywhere to the suffering of the hospitalized soldiers, focusing particularly on syndromes that, he claimed, were not well understood: trauma and its intersection with a wide range of disabilities.

Black Girlhood in Early American Children’s Print Culture

From Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century. Copyright 2016 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press.
Winner of the 2018 Children’s Literature Association’s Honor Book Award

Rainbow’s Mail-bag

In this 1861 story, white society treats a teenaged African American postal rider with dignity and respect.

The Heart of Audubon

Five unpublished letters (1825–1830) reveal the ornithologist’s dream and how he (almost) achieved it

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