"...draws the blood out of liberty"
Walt Whitman, the American poet who worked as a nurse during the Civil War, revised his collection Leaves of Grass many times throughout his life. The first edition, published in Brooklyn in 1855, depicts Whitman, looking youthful, without the iconic bushy white beard we are accustomed to seeing. The poet’s slouch hat, open-necked shirt, and casual stance proclaim his democratic self-identification with the common man rather than the genteel classes of society.
The 1860 edition, published in Boston as conflicts over slavery intensified, includes the poem “Says,” which reads, in part: “I say man shall not hold property in man;” and, “I say where liberty draws not the blood out of slavery, there slavery draws the blood out of liberty.”