The Classroom Electric is a constellation of web sites on Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and nineteenth-century American culture. Here users can explore images of original manuscripts, rare photographs, notebooks, scrapbooks, letters, and maps in sites informed by cutting-edge scholarship. While each site works as a stand-alone case study useful to students and teachers, the sites also link to each other, to other resources, and to the Dickinson Electronic Archives and the Walt Whitman Archive.

Users may enter The Classroom Electric through a variety of portals. The table of contents page opens with a collection of pop-up menus, each allowing searching and sorting of the projects through a particular variable--by theme, by the creator of each project, by the poet(s) focused on in the projects, or by a user-selected keyword.

The Classroom Electric is a continual work in progress. Please feel free to use any or all of the material you find for use in your own classrooms or research endeavours, paying special attention to comply with copyright and fair use policies concerning digital text and media. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, we welcome your feedback; you may contact either the author of the individual site, or Jarom McDonald ( concerning more general issues. Please view our list of project credits and participants for more details.

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