This paper will analyze how Matthew Brady's wartime photography, Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps, and Herman Melville's Battle-Pieces performed acts of national service for their fellow Americans living through the Civil War. I will analyze the poems and photographs through three distinct lenses: Slavery, "Good Death", and Reconstruction. In doing so, I will explain how Brady's photography and Whitman's and Melville's poetry presented nineteenth-century Americans with the tools necessary for making sense of the war that was transforming their country.
|Advisor:||Berthold, Michael, Goode, Edmund|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, American literature|
|Keywords:||Civil War, Herman Melville, Matthew Brady, Photography, Poetry, Walt Whitman|
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