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Title: The Long Island Democrat

Creator: Susan Belasco

Publication information: Written for the Walt Whitman Archive. First published on the Archive in 2008.

Whitman Archive ID: per.00176

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Susan Belasco, and Kevin McMullen

Established in May 1835 by James J. Brenton, the weekly Long Island Democrat was published in Jamaica, New York. Brenton had reprinted two of Whitman's early prose pieces and a poem, "Our Future Lot," Whitman's first known poem, from the Long-Islander. He hired Whitman as a typesetter in August 1839, and Whitman boarded in the Brenton home. But by the late fall, Whitman returned to work as a school teacher, a career that he pursued intermittently during the late 1830s. Nonetheless, Whitman continued to write occasionally for the Long Island Democrat through 1841, publishing several poems, as well as a series of short articles, "Sun-Down Papers from the Desk of a School-Master," which were also published in other newspapers. Brenton admired Whitman's ability as a writer and included him in a book, Voices from the Press: A Collection of Sketches, Essays, and Poems, by Practical Printers, which he published in 1850.

The Whitman Archive has not yet been able to arrange for digital scans of the Long Island Democrat, but we have completed transcriptions for the poems from photocopies of the microfilm of the original newspaper pages.


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"Our Future Lot." Long Island Democrat, 31 October 1838

"Fame's Vanity." Long Island Democrat, 23 October 1839, [1]

"My Departure." Long Island Democrat, 27 November 1839, 2

"Young Grimes." Long Island Democrat, 1 January 1840, [1]

"The Inca's Daughter." Long Island Democrat, 5 May 1840, [1]

"The Love That is Hereafter." Long Island Democrat, 19 May 1840, [1]

"We All Shall Rest At Last." Long Island Democrat, 14 July 1840, [1]

"The Spanish Lady." Long Island Democrat, 4 August 1840, 2

"The End of All." Long Island Democrat, 22 September 1840, [1]

"The Columbian's Song." Long Island Democrat, 27 October 1840, [1]

"The Winding-Up." Long Island Democrat, 22 June 1841, [1]


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