The Journalism, Volume II: 1846-1848, the definitive scholarly edition, is a volume in «The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman», the Whitman «Writings» that «every library should own» (Choice). The Journalism reprints Whitman editorials, articles, reviews, and other prose matter from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The Journalism has reliable texts, substantial annotation, thorough textual tables, and a comprehensive index.
Providing essential documents, The Journalism is indispensable for understanding the genesis of Leaves of Grass and the views and milieu of America’s greatest poet. The volume, moreover, is useful in such areas as history, journalism, American studies, and popular culture. Whitman’s journalistic writings cover a wide range of subjects: war, slavery, politics, government, economic matters, labor, immigration, social concerns (crime and punishment, poverty, minority rights, women’s rights, health, education), the press, religion, literature, drama, music, and art.