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Readers of Democratic Vistas—the prose work of social criticism that Whitman published in 1867 and 1868, in which on the whole he speaks as a friend of modernity—have sometimes wondered at the note of awe with which this modern author speaks of the Crusades. Maybe we have a clue in his appreciation of the president’s taking off his hat to the people. The dignity, the generosity and sensitivity on points of honor, the sense of a grace of life that cannot be bought, all of which belong to chivalry, are to be transplanted into the New World as attributes of the people.
Whitman for his 40 David Bromwich part shows the same readiness to criticize both the practices and the opinions of the majority. He writes in Democratic Vistas: ‘‘Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present, and here in the United States. ’’ Lincoln and Whitman respect the people too much to want to ﬂatter them. They agree that democracy—to remedy evils which it has itself brought into being—requires a self-respect more thoroughgoing than can be found in any other system of manners.
Every reader has felt this. The poet turns and talks to us now in a daily voice, as a person might stop to exchange a few words with a passerby.