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Perhaps more well known then the recipient of her letter Susan B Anthony wrote to her fledgling protg orator Anna Dickinson that your mission will brighten and beautify every day if you will but keep the eye of your own spirit turned within where that precious jewel of truth is to be sought and formed and darling you will find it speak it and live it and all men and women will call you blessed Faderman 96 Dickinsons skill and ability carried her throughout the country speaking about such topics as slavery womens rights and the rights of workers Molded and perfected by the heroes of the day Dickinson soon gained the tag of being Americas Joan of Arc Luce 5 Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was called a lecturer extraordinaire a feminist heroine to thousands of women across the country However she began life with every disadvantage having been born into poverty Dickinson was born in Philadelphia on October 28 1842 one of five children Her father John Dickinson was greatly devoted to the abolitionist movement and died of a heart attack after giving a speech when Anna was two Polsky The fact that he died fighting against slavery probably inspired her to work for the same cause early in her life Much of her education took place at the Friends Select School of Philadelphia where she was an avid reader and quickly took to speaking in public Due to the poverty her family experienced especially after the death of her father Anna worked as a copyist when she was just fifteen and while still in her teens became a school teacher Chester 45 William Lloyd Garrison helped the young student along and much of her public speaking career is owed to him Garrison favored an immediate abolition of slavery and was impressed with her fervor on the subject Polsky While the importation of slaves from Africa to the United States had become illegal in
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