America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

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by J. Matthew Gallman
     
 
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

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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 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.

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"A welcome addition to the literature on nineteenth-century women who successfully challenged gender conventions to carve out unconventional but highly regarded places for themselves in American public life."—Sylvia D. Hoffert The Journal of American History

"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

"America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson does full justice to one of the most remarkable figures in American history, Anna Dickinson, an orator who, as a very young woman, spoke in behalf of the Republican Part during the Civil War and dazzled her contemporaries."—Glenna Matthews, The Journal of Southern History

"Gallman's elegantly written and deeply researched biography reveals the complicated life of an important historical figure...Dickinson's story, varied, tragic, and compellingly narrated, contains much that will be fascinating to historians of the mid-nineteenth century." —American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198036548
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2006
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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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 During the Civil War.

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Tattycorum More than 1 year ago
This book is by J. Matthew Gallman--there is an error in the B&N Nook listing. 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.