por Walt Whitman
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The Battle of GettysburgUSHistory.org
This text details how the Union dealt the Confederacy a decisive blow in the Civil War at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.Pair “The Battle of Gettysburg” with “The Wound-Dresser” to provide historical context for students. What were the numbers of injured or dead soldiers in the major battles of Antietam and Gettysburg? How do students think American society was affected by this level of violence? How does this inform their reading of the poem?
O Captain! My Captain!Walt Whitman
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain in this poem that symbolizes the American experience of making it through the Civil War.Pair “O Captain! My Captain!” with “The Wound-Dresser” to provide students with another poem by Walt Whitman about the American Civil War. Ask students to discuss how war and death are presented in each poem. What images are present in both poems? How are the perspectives of the speakers different? How do the perspectives impact the meaning of the poem?