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"Quaker Influences on Whitman's Religious Thought"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Walter Benjamin Fulghum (1907-2001) was born March 24, 1907, in New Jersey, the son of Walter Benjamin Fulghum (1879-1951) and Florence Whitmer (1878-1959). He married Helen (Eichorn) Fulghum. Fulghum graduated from the University of Michigan and Southern Methodist College, and received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He was a professor and head of the English department at Central Connecticut State University. He was the author of "Biblical Allusions in English Literature." Walter Fulghum died June 10, 2001, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born May 31, 1819, in West Hills, New York, the son of Walter Whitman (1789-1855) and Louisa Van Velsor (1795-1873). Whitman was a poet and journalist who aimed to reflect the United States experience and forgo traditional forms of poetry. Whitman died March 26, 1892.

This collection is comprised of the single volume dissertation at Northwestern University of Walter B. Fulghum, entitled "Quaker Influences on Whitman's Religious Thought." The manuscript analyzes the influences of Quakerism, particularly the influences of Elias Hicks and Hicksite Quakerism, on Walt Whitman's religious thought. The manuscript discusses ways in which Whitman's personal demeanor and behavior reflected a Quaker influence, and connects Quakerism to the themes in Whitman's "Leaves of Grass."


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
September, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1943.
Box 4

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