Includes bibliographical references (pages -148) and index.
Introduction: "Forth from the War emerging": Drum-Taps, Its Sequel, and the Rupture of the Revolutionary Household -- 1. A vast Similitude interlocks all: The 1867 Leaves of Grass and the Elephant at the Raffle -- 2. Reconstruction is still in abeyance: Walt Whitman's Democratic Vistas and the Federalizing of National Identity -- 3. I'd sow a seed for thee of endless Nationality: The 1871-72 Leaves of Grass and the Construction of the Book of Democratic Nationality -- 4. The cold and bloodless electrotype plates of History: The 1876 Centennial Edition of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, or How the Real War Got into the Books -- Coda: "Approach strong deliveress": Why Lilacs First in Whitman's Dooryard Bloomed.