America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson by J. Matthew Gallman

By J. Matthew Gallman

The most celebrated ladies of her time, a spellbinding speaker dubbed the Queen of the Lyceum and America's Joan of Arc, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was once a charismatic orator, author, and actress, who rose to reputation through the Civil struggle and remained within the public eye for the subsequent 3 many years. J. Matthew Gallman bargains the 1st full-length biography of Dickinson to seem in over part a century. Gallman describes how Dickinson's passionate patriotism and fiery variety, coupled along with her unabashed abolitionism and biting evaluations of antiwar Democrats--known as Copperheads--struck a nerve along with her audiences. in precisely years, she rose from an unknown younger Philadelphia radical, to a profitable New England stump speaker, to a real nationwide big name. on the top of her repute, Dickinson counted some of the nation's top reformers, authors, politicians, and actors between her pals. one of the dozens of well-known figures who populate the narrative are Susan B. Anthony, Whitelaw Reid, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Gallman indicates how Dickinson's existence illuminates the chances and obstacles confronted by means of nineteenth-century girls, revealing how their habit may well right away be obvious as valuable, hugely valued, surprising, and deviant.

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44 It was certainly not lost on Dickinson that the nation’s crisis had provided her with an unusual opportunity to enter the public arena. It was this rising celebrity that led journalist Whitelaw Reid to make a pilgrimage to the Dickinsons’ new Philadelphia home later that June. Reid, who had been covering eastern politics and the war for the Cincinnati Gazette, was about five years older than Dickinson and a rising star in his own right. A Washington insider, he was accustomed to hobnobbing with leading Republicans.

Functioned largely as an immense network of local voluntary organizations. 50 Since December 1862 the Chicago branch of the Sanitary Commission had been 34 america’s joan of arc under the direction of associate managers Mary Livermore and Jane Hoge. With their supplies depleted, Livermore and Hoge resolved to stage a fair. 51 Dickinson turned out to be the great star of the Northwestern Sanitary Fair. The public lectures were vintage Dickinson oratory. She spoke on “The Duties of the Present Hour,” calling on patriotic Northerners to continue battling the traitorous, slaveholding South.

During her long weeks and months on the road, Dickinson had developed a new personal and professional relationship with her sister Susan. With no obvious prior planning, and presumably with no real contemplation of the larger significance of their evolving roles, Susan gradually became the manager of the Locust Street home, companion for their mother, and occasional administrative assistant for her younger sister. Susan’s letters from home combined concern for Anna’s wellbeing, reports on Dickinson’s professional correspondence and scheduling, and detailed accounts of family bills.

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