Americas Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

Paperback | August 15, 2008

byJ. Matthew Gallman

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One of the most celebrated women of her time, a spellbinding speaker dubbed the Queen of the Lyceum and America's Joan of Arc, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was a charismatic orator, writer, and actress, who rose to fame during the Civil War and remained in the public eye for the next threedecades. J. Matthew Gallman offers the first full-length biography of Dickinson to appear in over half a century. Gallman describes how Dickinson's passionate patriotism and fiery style, coupled with her unabashed abolitionism and biting critiques of antiwar Democrats--known as Copperheads--struck anerve with her audiences. In barely two years, she rose from an unknown young Philadelphia radical, to a successful New England stump speaker, to a true national celebrity. At the height of her fame, Dickinson counted many of the nation's leading reformers, authors, politicians, and actors among herfriends. Among the dozens of famous figures who populate the narrative are Susan B. Anthony, Whitelaw Reid, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Gallman shows how Dickinson's life illuminates the possibilities and barriers faced bynineteenth-century women, revealing how their behavior could at once be seen as worthy, highly valued, shocking, and deviant. "It is a gripping story, well told and ferociously well documented." --Times Literary Supplement "The definitive biography.... Gallman, through meticulous research and a fluid writing style, resurrects the story of this revolutionary woman once lost to history." --Library Journal

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One of the most celebrated women of her time, a spellbinding speaker dubbed the Queen of the Lyceum and America's Joan of Arc, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was a charismatic orator, writer, and actress, who rose to fame during the Civil War and remained in the public eye for the next threedecades. J. Matthew Gallman offers the first fu...

J. Matthew Gallman is Professor of History at the University of Florida. An authority on the American Civil War, he is the author of Receiving Erin's Children: Philadelphia, Liverpool, and the Irish Famine Migration, 1845-1855; The North Fights the Civil War: The Home Front; and Mastering Wartime: A Social History of Philadelphia Duri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195339266

ISBN - 13:9780195339260

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"Gallman has made an outstanding contribution to our picture of nineteenth-century gender politics and culture and the pivotal place of Anna Dickinson in that world."--Nina Silber, Civil War History