Walt Whitman said that, “Leaves of Grass would not have been possible without the Civil War.”  With this statement, I believe that he was asserting that the changes in the attitudes and perspectives of his readers after the war were vital to their overall understanding of the book.  While I agree with this, I think that it goes even further than that.  For the modern reader there are other events since the Civil War that have “made Leaves of Grass possible.”  I will approach these events and discuss how they have shaped the modern interpretation of Whitman’s classic work and allowed it to maintain its relevance throughout the years.