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“THE NECESSITIES OF THE HOUR”: ANNA DICKINSON'S CIVIL WAR

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/9780195161458.003.0003
 “THE NECESSITIES OF THE HOUR”: ANNA DICKINSON'S CIVIL WAR

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This chapter describes how Anna Elizabeth Dickinson successfully stormed the male-dominated bastion of partisan politics during the Civil War, becoming a leading stump speaker for the Republican Party even while maintaining a radical critique of the relatively moderate Lincoln administration. In barely two years Dickinson had made the rapid transition from her early war status as a captivating young Philadelphia radical with a gift for oratory, to her role as a successful abolitionist speaker in New England, to her new identity as a national celebrity. When Lincoln fell to an assassin's bullet, Dickinson paid homage to his numerous virtues in a speech in New York, but retracted none of her earlier critiques. Even to the very end, Dickinson and Lincoln had different paths in response to the nation's greatest crisis.

Keywords: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson; American Civil War; politics; United States; public speaking; Abraham Lincoln

Chapter.  11702 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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