Poetry in America

The Wound-Dresser, by Walt Whitman

01/21/2022 | 25m 11s  | Video has closed captioning.

Episode 1 explores Walt Whitman’s “The Wound-Dresser,” set in the battlefield infirmaries and operating theaters of 1860s Washington, D.C. Actor David Strathairn, playwright Tony Kushner, composer Matthew Aucoin, opera star Davóne Tines, physician-writers Rafael Campo and Abraham Verghese, and historian Drew Faust join Elisa New to discuss how the trauma of the Civil War shaped American history.

Aired: 01/21/22

Expires: 01/21/29

Rating: TV-14

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