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Category: Poetry and Literature

One woman watches as another examines with a magnifying glass an ornate, decorative image on a printed page

Teaching with Historical Children’s Books

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

The process of selecting books published long ago for a present-day audience provoked thoughtful conversations among our staff. We knew that the style of writing, the subject matter, and even the jokes found in century-old books might be difficult for young readers today to engage with. We knew that every book that we selected would inevitably reflect some of the attitudes, perspectives and beliefs of its own time, as well as failing to represent diverse authors and audiences.

The Evolution of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

The Library of Congress houses the largest archival collection of Walt Whitman materials in the world, all of which have are now available online. Seeing portions of Whitman's poems in various stages of composition reveals both his very active creative mind and his innovative ways of seeing the world and crafting poetic expressions.