American Experience

Walt Whitman Preview

Preview: Season 20 Episode 8 | 31s

On a hot summer day in 1855, a 36-year-old writer emerged from an undistinguished printer's shop in Brooklyn, New York, carrying a slim volume of his work. With his book of a dozen poems, Leaves of Grass, he was about to introduce America to a savior.

Aired: 04/13/08

Rating: NR

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