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Walt Whitmans birth
Death of Whitman
Whitman began to learn the printer’s trade
he began his career as teacher
turned journalism to full-time career.
Whitman left the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to become editor of the New Orleans Crescent.
Whitman took out a copyright on the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which consisted of twelve untitled poems and a preface
Whitman released a second edition of the book
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Whitman vowed to live a “purged” and “cleansed” life. He worked as a freelance journalist and visited the wounded at New York City hospitals. He then traveled to Washington, D. C. to care for his brother who had been wounded in the war.
Whitman decided to stay and work in the hospitals. He took a job as a clerk for the Department of the Interior, which ended when the Secretary of the Interior.
James Harlan, discovered that Whitman was the author of Leaves of Grass, which Harlan found offensive. Harlan fired the poet.
Whitman settled in Camden, New Jersey, where he had come to visit his dying mother at his brother’s house. However, after suffering a stroke, Whitman found it impossible to return to Washington
He stayed with his brother until the 1882 publication of Leaves of Grass gave Whitman enough money to buy a home in Camden
Whitman spent his declining years working on additions and revisions to a new edition of the book and preparing his final volume of poems and prose, Good-Bye, My Fancy
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts
Emily and her sister Lavinia begin classes at Amherst Academy, a converted boys' school. In her seven years of schooling there, she is frequently absent due to illness.
Dickinson's second cousin and good friend Sophia Holland dies of typhus. Thirteen-year-old Emily is deeply shaken by the girl's death
Leonard Humphrey, an educator in his early twenties, takes over as principal of Amherst Academy. Dickinson grows close to him as a friend and mentor. He is one of several older men she refers to throughout her life as a "master
Dickinson completes her studies at Amherst Academy and enrolls at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, later Mount Holyoke College
Less than a year into college, Dickinson quits her studies for reasons that remain uncle
Emily leaves her home state for the fist time in her life. He goes to Washington to see her father who is a congressman, and to visit relatives in Philadelphia
Dickinson starts formally copping poems. Some of her verses appear in the Springfield Republican, a paper edited by her friend, Samuel Bowles
Poems appear in Drum Beat to raise money for Union soldiers' medical expenses. Dickinson also publishes poems in the Brooklyn Daily Union.
Dickinson's father, Edward, dies of a stroke in Boston at the age of 71. He is buried in Amherst. Emily Dickinson does not attend her father's services, listening to the funeral instead from her room upstairs.
Dickinson's mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson, dies. Her death relieves Emily, who had spent much of the last 30 years caring for her bedridden mother.
Emily Dickinson dies of brights disease. She is buried in West Cemetery in Amherst.
Edgar Allan Poe publishes his story The Gold Bug in the Dollar Newspaper. He is paid more than a dollar, however, winning the grand prize of $100.
Start of civil war
compromise of 1850
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