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Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

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Anna Elisabeth Dickenson Facts

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (October 28, 1842 - October 22 1932) was an amazing woman for the time in which she lived. She was a well-known, excellent orator and an advocate to abolish slavery. She was in favor of women’s rights. She was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress, and she was only twenty-one years old at the time.

She was also a writer, and she lectured across the United States. She was critical of Abraham Lincoln in her speech before Congress, but she was still invited to visit the White House.

She was a gifted speaker at a very young age. She was five feet tall, frail, with short dark hair, but she had a fiery personality. She was born in Philadelphia in a Quaker household, along with her four siblings. Her father died from a heart attack when she was just two years old following a speech he gave against slavery. Her home was also part of the Underground Railroad. She started working at a young age to help her mother with their financial woes.

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Political Views

She influenced the distribution of political power in the Union prior to the Civil War. She aided the Republican Party in the election of 1863. She lectured about better technical training for all workers, better treatment for prisoners and assistance for the poor. She spoke all over the New England and in the mid-Atlantic states for spectators that bought tickets.

During the Civil War she visited hospitals and Union soldier camps to lift their spirits. She shared the stage with Fredrick Dougleas where she urged black men to enlist. She became known as the “Girl Orator” and the “American Joan of Arc”. After the war she continued to speak, and she earned what would be the equivalent of $300,00 a year. In 1866, she spoke out about black men getting the right to vote. She spoke at the Cooper Institute in New York City to over 5,000 people.

Mark Twain described her as one who “talks fast, uses no notes whatever, never hesitates for a word, always gets the right word in the right place, and has the most perfect confidence in herself. Indeed, her sentences are remarkably smoothly-woven and felicitous. Her vim, her energy, her determined look, her tremendous earnestness, would compel the respect and the attention of an audience.” Her speeches were filled with sarcasm, ridicule and she easily put down hecklers.

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Writing

Anna Dickinson was also an author, and her first article was published in the William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator when she was just thirteen years old. She published the novel What Answer? that addressed herinterracial marriage. In addition, she wrote 'A Paying Investment', a Plea for Education and A Ragged Register of People, Places and Opinions in 1879. Her popularity waned somewhat after she wrote her first book.

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Other Pursuits

Emily Dickinson had a lot of ‘firsts’, as she was the first white woman on record to summit Colorado Gray’s Peak, Lincoln Peak and Elbert Peak (on a mule). She was the second woman to summit Pikes Peak.

Her acting career was not as successful as her other pursuits. She played Hamlet on Broadway and she played Anne Boyleyn in The crown of Thorns. She did not have much success as an actress.

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Final Thoughts

Anna Dickinson was an amazing woman. She was an excellent orator who pushed her message to all who would listen. She was against slavery and for women’s rights. She was not intimidated when speaking to a large crowd. She was also adventurous as she scaled mountains. She was an author but a mediocre actress. She was not afraid to try anything that interested her.

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Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 31, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I am glad you found this article informative, and I knew little about her also until I did some research. She was an amazing woman!

Thank you for your comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 30, 2021:

Thank you for sharing the details of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson’s life. I’ve never heard of her before. She did some wonderful things. I’m very glad that I’ve learned about her by reading your article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2021:

Hi Mel,

I think you made a very good point. I don't think anyone could hold back a woman with her determination. I'm glad you were entertained!

I appreciate your comments. I hope you are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 30, 2021:

Tremendous woman. I wonder what kind of things she would be doing if she lived today. For a woman of her era to rise to such prominence indicates that she wouldn't be suppressed in any place or time. Thanks for enlightening us on this life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I was impressed by her, especially as it was the 1800s. She was brave!

Thank you for your comments. I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 30, 2021:

She was a very impressive woman. Thanks for profiling her and her commitment to civil rights.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

That is exactly what I thought when I decided to write about this woman. I don't think many women were brave enough to do what she did in the 1800s.

I appreciate your comments, Vidya. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I understand what you are saying, and I agree. Thank you for this comment.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 29, 2021:

A woman fighting for social causes and political issues at a time when women did not have much of a say in society, is really appreciable. I admire her bravery and strong convictions. Thanks for sharing Pamela.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 29, 2021:

I don't think its a 'shame' that a Mum or a Dad don't live to see a child's development and contributions to the family and society. I opined it would be a regrete. But whatever language means to express the feeling, the question, or mindset, every comment on the issue, is a study.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

I Linda,

I was impressed by Mark Twains comments also. She didn't seem to be afraid of anything. It is a shame her father didn't live to see what a remarkable woman she was.

Thank you for your comments, I hope you have a good weekend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 29, 2021:

What an amazing person. I had not heard of Ms. Dickinson; thank you for taking the time to tell us a little about her life. I'm impressed that she got the attention of Mark Twain. If he thought she was an accomplished, eloquent orator, she must have really been something! And to think that she was only 5 ft tall. It's too bad her father didn't live to see and hear of her accomplishments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Fran,

I am glad you enjoyed this article. She is an amazing woman.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a good holiday weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

This Anna Dickinson, not related to Emily as far as I know. I can't imagine how brave this lady was to make those speeches.

I am glad you enjoyed the article, and I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a good holiday weekend.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 29, 2021:

What a great article on such an amazing woman. Thank you Pamela.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 29, 2021:

Pamela

I didn't know about this part of Emily Dickinson's life.

The way Mark Twain described her is amazing. I cannot imagine anyone talking like tgat, especially at only 5 ft tall.

I love the first poem you posted.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

I am glad you found this article interesting and informative. I thought this woman was amazing.

Thank you very much for your comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am glad you enjoyed reading about this mazing woman. She was an amazing woman.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Be blessed, with love.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi MG,

I agree that this woman deserves our admiration. She was brave and driven to deliver her messages.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Ashley,

I like woman empowerment too, and especially for a woman in lived in the 1800s. I think she was brave and a fascinating woman.

Thank you so much for your comments. Enjoy your weekend!

Rozlin from UAE on May 29, 2021:

Hi Pamela, this is an interesting and informative article. I learned a lot from your hub. Thanks for sharing.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 29, 2021:

Pamela,thanks. Same to you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 29, 2021:

I enjoyed reading about Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, Pamela. She was amazing and Impressive woman. Thanks for sharing knowledge. It was an interesting read. Wishing you a blessed weekend

Lots of Love and Blessings

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 29, 2021:

What a lovely article. Yes, I know about this lady and she deserves all our admiration. God bless you for highlighting all things good.

Ashley SY on May 29, 2021:

Really enjoy this kind of reading on woman empowerment. And the fact that you put in Emily Dickinson's poem who is one of my favorite poet, really make the whole article interesting :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi John,

I thought Mark Twain's opinion was definitely interesting. I think this women lived her life to the fullest.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I thought her life was so interesting for the 1800s especially. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

Thank you for your comments. Have a good holiday weekend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 29, 2021:

What an amazing women. If Mark Twain had that opinion of her orating she must have been exceptional.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2021:

What an amazing woman! She accomplished so much during her life! Thanks for writing about Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, Pamela. She certainly led an interesting life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Abby,

I happened to come across an article and thought she was interesting for a person born at that time. I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

Abby Slutsky from America on May 29, 2021:

This was a very informative and interesting article. I did not know much about her prior to reading it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Liz,

I am glad you found this article interesting. Thank you for your comments. Have a good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I don't know what her criticism was against Abraham Lincoln, but some wanted him to more more quickly against the south.

I am glad you like the article. I appreciate your comments. Have a good weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I thought she was a very impressive woman for the 1800s. She seemed ready to try most anything and she fought for the rights so so many people.

I appreciate you reading and commenting, Rosina. Have a nice weekend.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 29, 2021:

This isan interesting and well-written biographical account.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 29, 2021:

In my studies in American history, I have not come across such a kind hearted woman who join force against slavery. That said, though 'critical' of, Abbey(Abraham L), was nevertheless the President's friend. Thank you for a great read.

Rosina S Khan on May 29, 2021:

This is really an interesting account of a woman named Anna Elisabeth Dickenson. That she was an excellent orator, against slavery and for women's rights, was an author and was adventurous, scaling mountains make her really an amazing personality figure. I am happy to know she was ready to try anything that interested her.

Thank you, Pamela, for introducing us to this gorgeous woman. I really enjoyed reading your well-written article.

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