Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Ed Folsom

Ed Folsom

Roy J. Carver Professor of English
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The University of Iowa



A Yet More Terrible and More Deeply Complicated Problem: Walt Whitman, Race, and American Democracy

Critics once worried about “the unwritten war,” the way that so few major American writers directly engaged the Civil War, but an even more glaring failure of our writers has been “the unwritten Reconstruction,” when the fragile beginnings of a biracial democracy began to take root but found little nourishment from the nation’s white writers.