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 used to be a charismatic orator, author, and actress, who rose to repute in the course of the Civil warfare and remained within the public eye for the subsequent 3 a long time. 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 sort, coupled along with her unabashed abolitionism and biting opinions of antiwar Democrats--known as Copperheads--struck a nerve along with her audiences. in just years, she rose from an unknown younger Philadelphia radical, to a winning New England stump speaker, to a real nationwide superstar. on the top of her reputation, Dickinson counted a few of the nation's prime reformers, authors, politicians, and actors between her associates. 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 exhibits how Dickinson's lifestyles illuminates the chances and limitations confronted by means of nineteenth-century ladies, revealing how their habit may straight away be obvious as worthwhile, hugely valued, stunning, and deviant.

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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.

Isabella, whose siblings included Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher, was a leading figure in Hartford’s Loyal Woman’s League, which hosted Dickinson’s second Hartford performance. That evening the Hookers invited Dickinson to their home, where Isabella and Anna stayed up late into the night discussing politics and women’s rights. 33 The Connecticut election went well for the Republicans. Buckingham won by just over 2,600 votes and the party added another congressman to Connecticut’s Washington contingent.

As she spoke, Reid inspected Dickinson’s physical appearance: 32 america’s joan of arc To begin with, this is no scrawny featured, sallow-faced, pantalooned female of forty, of the woman’s rights persuasion, but a girl—a few months over twenty. . Plump, round, supple figure, of about medium height, with graceful outlines half concealed by the neatly fitting dress, glossy black hair, cut tolerably short and falling in luxuriant profusion about the neck and curling away from a low, broad forehead; deep eyes, of a dark hue you can hardly define, contracting and dilating in the excitement of the animated talk; a broad, rich mouth, with ripe lips that curve into a score of expressions in an instant; a square, not masculine, but still firmly set chin, that gives a hint of the persistent purpose that has brought this girl up through all manner of difficulties to a position almost as proud in its way as that of Mrs.

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