In Whitman's Hand


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Title: The Ruins

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00514

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook. The manuscript is pasted down, making the verso inaccessible.

Contributors to digital file: Ashlyn Stewart and Kevin McMullen

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The Ruins

in North America—the copper mines of Lake Superior which have evidently been worked many centuries since, (probably more than a thousand years ago—perhaps, two or three thousand,)—the mounds in the valley of the Mississippi—the vast ruins of Central America Mexico and South America—^—grand temples, walls, &c; now overgrown with trees—all prove beyond cavil the existence, ages since, in the Western World, of powerful, populous, and probably civilized nations, whose names, histories, and even traditions had long been lost long before the discovering of Columbus and Vespucius.—


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