By Anna Dickinson,J. Matthew Gallman
Anna Dickinson's occupation as an orator all started in her teenage years, while she gave her first impassioned speech on women's rights. by means of the age of twenty-one, she was once spending no less than six months according to yr at the highway, providing lectures on abolitionism, politics, and public affairs, and setting up herself as one of many nation's first celebrities. In March 1875, Dickinson departed from Washington, D.C., for a longer journey of the South, curious to determine how a ways the area had advanced within the decade after Appomattox.
In A travel of Reconstruction, editor J. Matthew Gallman compiles Dickinson's statement and observations to supply a decent depiction of the postwar South from the viewpoint of an outspoken radical abolitionist. She records the ongoing results of the Civil struggle at the locations she visited, and precise to her inquisitive spirit, questions the societal advancements she witnessed, searching out black and white southerners to debate problems with the day. Like many northern observers, she makes a speciality of documenting race kin and the nation of the southern financial system, yet she additionally information the public's reactions to her appearances, supplying a few of her so much telling observation. A journey of Reconstruction, punctuated with a wealth of historic observations and exciting anecdotes, is the tale of 1 woman's stories within the postbellum South.
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