ANNA ELIZABETH DICKINSON CDV.
Carte de visite 4'x 2 1/2", ca. 1860's photo, Anthony/ Brady backmark. Some foxing in background, else VG.
Dickinson was born in Philadelphia in 1842, was a lecturer on Abolition, women's rights, and other reform topics, remembered for the articulate but emotionally blistering rhetoric that characterized her speaking style. In early 1861 she spoke in Philadelphia on “Women's Rights and Wrongs” to such effect that she received invitations to speak from several platforms throughout New England. Much of Dickinson's work during the Civil War was on behalf of the Republican Party. In January 1864 she addressed a gathering, including President Abraham Lincoln, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Her oratory was marked by fiery passion and remarkable vituperation together with the novelty of her sex and youth, made her enormously popular. After the Civil War she went on the lyceum circuit, delivering addresses across the country on “Reconstruction,” in which she advocated harsh treatment of the South.