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EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

J. Matthew Gallman

in America's Joan of Arc

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195161458
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161458.003.0002
 EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

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Born in Philadelphia on October 28, 1842, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was the youngest of five children. Her parents were both from old Quaker families, and, like many of their brethren, John and Mary Dickinson were adamant abolitionists who occasionally opened their Arch Street home to fugitive slaves. Although some later chroniclers tried to paint Anna Dickinson as a heroine born in poverty, it is more accurate to say that she grew up comfortably, but without material excess and certainly with the clear expectation that she would have to find some occupation, at least until she married. This chapter chronicles Dickinson's early life and career and how the events during the Civil War transformed her from a radical reformer to a fervent patriot. It remained to be seen what would become of her budding fame in the midst of the war.

Keywords: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson; American Civil War; United States; Quaker; public speaking

Chapter.  4691 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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