America's Joan of Arc
The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
J. Matthew Gallman
Gallman offers the first full-length biography of Dickinson to appear in over half a century. He 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, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.