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By J. Matthew Gallman

Some of the most celebrated girls 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 throughout the Civil warfare and remained within the public eye for the subsequent 3 many years. J. Matthew Gallman deals the 1st full-length biography of Dickinson to seem in over part a century. Gallman describes how Dickinson's passionate patriotism and fiery kind, coupled together with her unabashed abolitionism and biting opinions of antiwar Democrats--known as Copperheads--struck a nerve together with her audiences. in only years, she rose from an unknown younger Philadelphia radical, to a profitable New England stump speaker, to a real nationwide megastar. on the top of her reputation, Dickinson counted a few of the nation's best reformers, authors, politicians, and actors between her buddies. 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 probabilities and boundaries confronted through nineteenth-century ladies, revealing how their habit may perhaps immediately be noticeable as helpful, hugely valued, stunning, and deviant.

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69 While the profession of itinerant orator had not changed much since the previous year, the political context of Dickinson’s 1864 appearances had evolved alongside her political role. Although she had endorsed Lincoln’s renomination in Washington, Dickinson remained critical of the president and unsure if she would actively work for his reelection, particularly if the party could muster a viable alternative. As one Rochester paper put it, “Miss Dickinson is not lecturing for the Republican party, and much less for the elevation of any particular man.

These early detractors commonly blamed the Republicans for leading the innocent Dickinson astray. ” Worse, the Times claimed, Miss Dickinson was not only an abolitionist and an advocate of women’s rights, but also a known “spiritualist,” part of a popular religious movement that featured spirit rappings, séances, and other communications with the dead. Warner’s Courant lunged at the bait. ”32 At each of her previous stops in New England, Dickinson had stayed in private homes, leaving behind a growing list of devoted correspondents and thoroughly charmed men, women, and children.

This young girl, so brilliant, so magnetic, so wonderfully gifted, is a real genius. ”45 Reid’s extensive portrait marked an important milestone in Dickinson’s public career, as thousands of interested readers now had a window into her world. The orator, no doubt pleased with the account, carefully cut out the article and placed it in her scrapbook. For the next six months Dickinson juggled a host of offers and obligations. On July 6, as the North celebrated the Union’s victory at Gettysburg, Dickinson shared a platform with Judge Kelley and Frederick Douglass at a recruiting rally for Philadelphia’s Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments.

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