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O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War

1 hours 7 minutes 43 seconds

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This video tells the story of one of America’s greatest poets and how he was inspired by one of America’s greatest presidents. Whitman and Lincoln shared the national stage in Washington, DC during the Civil War. Although the two men never met, Whitman often saw Lincoln’s carriage on the road, and the president was never far from the poet’s mind. Whitman witnessed Lincoln’s second inauguration and mourned along with America as Lincoln’s funeral train wound its way across the landscape to his final resting place. This video includes the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” and an excerpt from “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” It also includes brief bios of Lincoln and Whitman, a timeline of Civil War events, endnotes, and a bibliography. Based on the children's book by Robert Burleigh.

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