The United States Magazine and Democratic Review
J. & H. G. Langley
Volume 9, number 38
Some of the most widely circulated magazines in the first half of the nineteenth century were published by political parties. The Democratic Review was created in the 1830s to champion Jacksonian democracy. Editor John O’Sullivan extolled the virtues of the common man while criticizing the propounded aristocratic pretensions of the Whigs. This issue is notable for the first printing of “Death in the School-Room. A Fact” by Walt Whitman, his earliest known short story.