Deists but with a Quaker background.
Whtiman’s father had long been a follower of Thomas Paine
|Radical Quakerism of Elizas
Hicks--anti-institutional, placing much emphasis on the inner light.
family moved to Brooklyn when Whitman was 4 and he lived there and in New
York and Washington for much of his life, he often drew on Long Island and
its seashore--calling the island Paumonok, the Native American name for the
place--in poems such as “Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking.”