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This Dust Was Once The Man

Rating: 3.1

THIS dust was once the Man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute--under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of These States.
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Melissa Jones 02 December 2005
I totally agree with you..you are totally right about it being about slavery and Lincon saving the union.
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Cj Housh 02 December 2005
Of course I'm right, and of course Cavanaugh agrees with me. Wait a minute, Cavanaugh, what are you doing here? *chases her out with a rolled up poetry book*
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Nicole Green 02 December 2005
I think you're right about the slavery thing. Thanks for posting that. I hadn't thought of that but now that you say it you're right.
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Cj Housh 02 December 2005
I think 'the foulest crime in history' is slavery, and that it talks about Lincoln saving the union by despatching slavery.
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Nicole Green 02 December 2005
I feel that Whitman had a lot of respect for Abraham Lincoln and his success in uniting American and that this poem was dedicated to him. I think that the 'foulest crime in history' might mean the Civil War but more likely the assassination of President Lincoln.
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Cavanaugh Greenwood 02 December 2005
i agree with you totally!
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Cj Housh 02 December 2005
Seems like another Abe Lincoln poem to me. He 'fought the foulest crime in history in any land or age' and 'saved the Union.' I think that, with reference to the first line, he is commenting about the ash being the remains of Abe Lincoln, a legend.
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