By J. Matthew Gallman

Some of 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 reputation throughout the Civil battle and remained within the public eye for the following 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 variety, coupled along with her unabashed abolitionism and biting reviews of antiwar Democrats--known as Copperheads--struck a nerve together 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 big name. on the top of her repute, Dickinson counted the various nation's prime reformers, authors, politicians, and actors between her associates. one of the dozens of recognized 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 probabilities and limitations confronted by means of nineteenth-century girls, revealing how their habit might instantaneously be obvious as beneficial, hugely valued, surprising, and deviant.

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Lee in Virginia, punctuated by unprecedented death counts from places like the Wilderness (May 5–7), Spotsylvania (May 8–20), and Cold Harbor (June 2–3) before the Union army settled into a long and frustrating siege of Petersburg. Meanwhile, in Washington the president alienated congressional radicals by pocket vetoing the Wade-Davis Bill, which had countered the president’s Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction by proposing much more stringent conditions on Southern states seeking readmission to the Union.

Produced by Napoleon Sarony. Author’s personal collection. enthusiastic Dickinson reported home that the crowds had been large, intelligent, and enthusiastic. 4 Dickinson arrived in Boston expecting to speak on the twenty-seventh, only to discover that Wendell Phillips had fallen ill and wanted Dickinson to speak in his stead on the twentieth. “[T]hink of that mum,” a jubilant Dickinson wrote home, “this small snip,—acting as Wendell Philllipses substitute & at his own request at that. Well I had a great cram—4 or 5 thousand people,—Wendell Phillips himself & all the literary fragments about Boston floated up there to listen—& they all said it was a magnificent success—Mr Phillips called next day to say he had never been so gratified,—and so deeply moved—‘actually my dear Anna brought tears 22 america’s joan of arc William Lloyd Garrison carte de visite.

With the controversial Emancipation Proclamation now on the books, the war dragging on, and enlistments dwindling, the Republican Party had ample reason to worry. The 1863 state elections promised to be an important test for Lincoln’s reelection bid. Suddenly Dickinson was launched into a flurry of activity, delivering 20 paid lectures across the state in March. When the Republicans carried most of the state in the hotly contested election, Dickinson received her share of the credit, earning particular praise from the governor-elect.

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