Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was an American orator and lecturer. An advocate for the abolition of slavery and for women's suffrage, Dickinson was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress. A gifted speaker at a very young age, she aided the Republican Party in the hard-fought 1863 elections and significantly influenced the distribution of political power in the Union just prior to the American Civil War.
Dickinson had been, for a brief time, one of the most fascinating public figures of the Civil War period. At the height of her lecturing career she made as much as $20,000 a year, more than Mark Twain was getting at the time.
The Civil War affected every family in the United States. Some went on to become famous while others faded into history, their feats long forgotten, Anna Dickinson was one such person. In 1891, she was committed to an insane asylum in PA, though a court trial left the issue of her sanity in question. For the last 40 years of her life she lived in obscurity with a family in Goshen, NY, dying virtually forgotten in October 22, 1932, nearly 60 years after her zenith on the public stage.
The presentation covers the following:
Early Life & Education
William Lloyd Garrison
Turning Against Lincoln
Aftermath & Death
End of Presentation
This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer on... The American Civil War.