David S. Reynolds, “Lincoln Walks a Tightrope,” American Heritage, May 24, 2022.

David S. Reynolds, “The President Who Redefined Thanksgiving and Christmas,” The Atlantic. November 24, 2021.

David S. Reynolds,  “Channeling Lincoln’s Ideological Balancing Act Will Lead Biden to Success,”  The Washington Post, November 20, 2020. 

David S. Reynolds, “Lincoln and Presidential Character,” American Heritage, 64.1 (October 2020).

  David S. Reynolds, “Andrew Jackson Reinvents American Democracy,” American Heritage, 64.1 (Winter  2020),  as part of the American Heritage series “What Makes America Great? 25 Leading Historians Provide Answers”  

David S. Reynolds, “Walt Whitman and Me,” in Critical Insights:Walt Whitman. Edited by Robert C. Evans. Ipswich, MA: Grey House Publishing, 2019. Pp. xv-xxvi.

David S. Reynolds, “Whitman, the Body, and Disability in Civil War America,” New York Review of Books, March 22, 2018. 

David S. Reynolds, “Lincoln Ascending” [essay-review on Sidney Blumenthal’s Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2], Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Summer 2017.

David S. Reynolds, “A Hemispheric View of Slavery” [essay-review on Matthew Karp’s This Vast Southern Empire], New York Review of Books, June 20, 2017.

David S. Reynolds, “Trump Gets Andrew Jackson and the Civil War Totally Wrong,”, May 2, 2017.

David S. Reynolds, “What Trump Could Learn from Andrew Jackson,”, March 15, 2017.

David S. Reynolds, “Taking Old Abe to Task” (essay-review on Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons, by Elizabeth Brown Pryor), The American Scholar, Spring 2017.

David S. Reynolds interviewed in New York Times: “In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass,’ New York Times, February 20, 2017.

David S. Reynolds, “How America Went Racist: Our Ruinous Betrayal of Indians and Black Americans,” New York Review of Books, December 22, 2016.

David S. Reynolds’s essay-review “Walt Whitman and the Bohemians,” Kenyon Review, July/August 2016.

David S. Reynolds, “The Commander of Civil War History” [essay-review on James McPherson’s Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, The War that Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters, and other books], New York Review of Books, November 19, 2015.

“Atticus Finch, Representative American,” The Huffington Post, July 21, 2015.

“Hauling Down the Confederate Flag,” The Atlantic, July 2, 2015.

“Deformance, Performativity, Posthumanism: The Subversive Style and Radical Politics of George Lippard’s The Quaker City,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 70.1 (June 2015): 36-64.

 “What Did Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and John Brown Have in Common?,” The Atlantic, April 12, 2015. 

David S. Reynolds interviewed by Maria Recio about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in syndicated newspaper column McClatchyDC, February 23, 2015.

David S. Reynolds interviewed in article in The Atlantic by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, “The Best Sentence in Atlantic History?,” Feb 13, 2015.

“Uncle Toms Cabin”: Essential Civil War Curriculum, 2014

David S. Reynolds Lincoln Interview, Lincoln Lore, October 2014

“My Book and the War Are One: Whitman’s Washington Years,” in Walt Whitman, New Edition, ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2014.

“Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in The Oxford History of the American Novel, ed. J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Walt Whitman’s Journalism: The Foreground of Leaves of Grass,” in Literature and Journalism: Inspiration, Intersections, and Inventions from Ben Franklin to Stephen Colbert, ed. Mark Canada. London: Palgrave, 2013, 47-67. In Choice, Charles Riley writes of David S. Reynolds’s article: “[This volume is] rewarding primarily because of major contributor David Reynolds’s essay on Walt Whitman… Reynolds’s essay is a model: pitch perfect and historically sound; it has such graceful interpretive gems that it could have been a book on its own. Moving from Whitman’s boyhood work setting type to the design of Leaves of Grass, Reynolds offers fantastic insights into Whitman as gallery-goer and opera lover; only a polymath as accomplished as Reynolds could read the poetry this well in light of the sensationalist newspaper coverage.”

“Was Walt Whitman Racist?” Chicago Reader, October 14, 2013. [David S. Reynolds interviewed about the controversy surrounding Northwestern University voice student Timothy McNair].

Preface to Transatlantic Sensations. Ed. Jennifer Phegley, John Cyril Barton, and Kristin N. Huston. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Press, 2012. (See

“Radical Sensationalism: George Lippard in His Transatlantic Contexts.” In Transatlantic Sensations. Ed. Jennifer Phegley, et al.

“But Were the Gay? The Mystery of Same-Sex Love in the 19th Century,” by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz (based on interview with David S. Reynolds), The Atlantic, September 7, 2012.

“Rick Santorum, Learn Your History,” Op ed. New York Daily News. February 29, 2012.

“Why Evangelicals Don’t Like Mormons.” Op ed. New York Times January 27, 2012.

“Did a Novel Start the Civil War?”  New York Times Upfront. January 2, 2012, pp. 24-27.

“Walt Whitman and Journalism: The Foreground of Leaves of Grass.” New Essays on Literature and Journalism in the United States. Ed. Mark Canada. (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era.” Introduction to Chapter 4, “An Evening in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era.” Introduction to Chapter 19, “Topsy.”

“The Power of Tom.” Teaching Theatre 23 (Fall 2011): 4-11.

“Mightier than the Sword,” North and South 13 (September 2011): 22-29.

“My Favorite Civil War Novels.” Wilson Quarterly (Summer 2011).

“Rescuing the Real Uncle Tom.” New York Times June 14, 2011.

“Twelve Months of Reading.” The Wall Street Journal December 17, 2011.

“The End of the World is Here…Again.” Salon May 15, 2011.

“Did a Book Start the Civil War? Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a Testament to the Power of Culture.” New York Daily News April 11, 2011.

“John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Potent Cause.” Hartford Courant April 10, 2011.

“’Affection Shall Solve Every One of the Problems of Freedom:’ Calamus Love and the Antebellum Political Crisis.” Huntington Library Quarterly 23 (December 2010): 629-42.

“Transcendentalism, Transnationalism, and Antislavery Violence: Concord’s Embrace of John Brown.” Emerson in the 21st Century. Ed. Barry Tharaud. Newark, DE: University Press of Delaware, 2010, 521-48.

“Freedom’s Martyr.” Op ed. New York Times December 2, 2009.

“’Evil Propels Me, and Reform of Evil Propels Me:’ Literary and Social Versions of Evil in the American Renaissance.” Representations of Evil in Fiction and Film. Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. Trier: WVT, 2009.

“Oliver Cromwell as American Cultural Icon: Transcendentalism, John Brown, and the Civil War.” American Cultural Icons: Configurations, Re-Figurations. Ed. Bernd Engler and Günter Leypoldt. Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007.

“Emily Dickinson and Popular Culture.” The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson. Ed. Wendy Martin. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 167-90.

Posting at “The Buzz Board: Smart People Recommend.” The Daily Beast March 12, 2009.

“Lincoln Would Not Have Voted for Obama.” The Huffington Post February 22, 2009.

“Poe’s 200th Anniversary.” Read Street, Baltimore Sun Blog January 23, 2009.

“The Race Factor: How Far We’ve Come,” The Huffington Post October 31, 2008.

“How Old Hickory Haunts the Election,” The Daily Beast October 25, 2008.

“Hawthorne’s Cultural Demons: History, Popular Culture, and The Scarlet Letter.” Novel History. Ed. Mark C. Carnes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 229-34.

“Why I Write Cultural Biography: The Backgrounds of Walt Whitman’s America.”Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays. Ed. Susan Belasco and Kenneth M. Price. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. 545-90.

“John Brown.”Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Stamford, CT: Thomason Gale, 2007.

“Sensational Fiction.” American History through Literature,1820-1870. Ed. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006. 1054-1059.

“John Brown, the Election of Lincoln, and the Civil War.” North & South 9 (January 2006): 78-88.

“Lincoln and Whitman,” History Now December 2005.

“Louisa May Alcott,” and “Tennessee Williams.” Microsoft Encarta 2000 (CD-ROM encyclopedia). Seattle: Microsoft Corporation, 2000.

“Writing Cultural Biography in an Age of Theory: How I WroteWalt Whitman’s America.” Biography and Source Studies. Ed. Frederick R. Karl. Vol. 3. New York: AMS Press, 1997: 75-98.

“Black Cats and Delirium Tremens: Temperance and the American Renaissance.” Temperance and American Literature. Ed. David S. Reynolds and Debra Rosenthal. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997. 22-49.

“Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman.” Modern Language Studies 28 (Spring 1998): 29-39.

“Cultural Biography: Reflection, Transcendence, and Impact.” Biography and Source Studies. Ed. Frederick R. Karl. New York: AMS, 2003. 7: 83-99.

“Biography Can Give the Humanities a Firm Scholarly Backbone.” The Chronicle of Higher Education April 25, 1997.

David S Reynolds, “Poe’s Art of Transformation – The Cask of Amontillado in Cultural Context.”

“From Periodical Writer to Poet: Whitman’s Journey through Popular Culture.” Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century American. Ed. Susan Belasco Smith and Kenneth Price. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996. 35-50.

“Politics and Poetry: Leaves of Grass, and the Social Crisis of the 1850s.” The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman. Ed. Ezra Greenspan. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. 66-91.

“Of Me I Sing: Whitman in His Time.” New York Times Book Review October 4, 1992.

“Catharine Maria Sedgwick.” American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. 219-20.

“George Lippard.” American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. 77-8.

“The Aesthetic Factor in Canon Revision: The Case of American Literature.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 13 (March-June 1993): 193- 200.

“’Its Wood Could Only Be American!’: Moby-Dick and Antebellum Popular Culture.”Critical Essays on Melville’s Moby-Dick. Ed. Hershel Parker and Brian Higgins. New York: Macmillan, 1992. pp. 523-44.

“Foreword” and “Bibliographic Essay.”Walt Whitman and the Visual Arts. Ed. Geoffrey M. Sill and Roberta K. Tarbell. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991. ii-xv and 225-28.

“Herman Melville.” Benét’s Readers’ Encyclopedia of American Literature. Ed. Barbara Perkins and George B. Perkins. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. 696-701.

“Walt Whitman Today.” ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance 36 (3rd quarter, 1990): 255-65.

“What Do We Do With F.O. Matthiessen?” Review 11 (1989): 319- 23.

“Literary Lights from the Void.” The World & I 4 (May 1989): 479-89.

“Whitman the Radical Democrat.” Mickle Street Review 10 (1988): 39-48.

“Whitman’s America: A Revaluation of the Cultural Backgrounds of Leaves of Grass.” Cahiers roumains d’études littéraires 3 (1987), 98 105. Reprinted in Mickle Street Review 10 (Spring 1988): 5-17.

“Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Views of Gender and Sexuality.” Mickle Street Review 11 (1989): 9-16. Reprinted in Walt Whitman of Mickle Street: A Centennial Collection. Ed. Geoffrey M. Sill. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.

“Revising the American Canon: The Question of Literariness.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 8 (June 1986): 230-35.

“The Feminization Controversy: Sexual Stereotypes and the Paradoxes of Piety in Nineteenth Century America.” New England Quarterly 53 (March 1980): 96-106. Reprinted in History of Women in America. Ed. Nancy Cott. Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1992.

“From Doctrine to Narrative: The Rise of Pulpit Storytelling in America.” American Quarterly 32 (Winter 1980): 479-98.

“Shifting Interpretations of Protestantism.” Journal of Popular Culture 9 (Winter 1975): 593-603.




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