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 three decades. J. Matthew Gallman offers the first full-length biography of Dickinson to appeaOne 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 three decades. 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 a nerve 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 her friends. 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 by nineteenth-century women, revealing how their behavior could at once be seen as worthy, highly valued, shocking, and deviant....
|Title||:||America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson|
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America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson Reviews
Anna Dickinson is a really fascinating character from the time of the civil ware and thereafter. Although she was well known in her time, I had not heard of her before now. This detailed biography is well written and well-researched. It is interesting and very enlightening--about the subject, about the times, and about the culture. The excerpts from letters and the photos make the personalities vivid, and make the dramas of Dickinson's life very real. I especially appreciated the sensitive analysis of gender issues and the three-dimensional evaluation of Dickinson's unusual and often eccentric character.
How do I rate this? Five stars for being immensely useful for the paper I'm writing, but I'm also legitimately interested in the life of Anna Dickinson (so much so that she is a lot of what I talked about at Thanksgiving dinner!). So four stars overall, because it was a thorough account of Dickinson's life, with one star docked (although not docked exactly) because I'm picky, and because the writing itself was a but boring at times. In short, a comprehensive look at the thrilling life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson. It's compelling if you already care about the topic; otherwise, I'm not sure. Very much enjoyed.
America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (Hardcover) by J. Matthew Gallman bought 10/23/2016 FBL