Anna Dickinson and the Reconstruction Politics of Friendship
This chapter considers the emphasis on marriage during the Reconstruction period in a reading of What Answer? (1868), a neglected work by one of the most famous but now forgotten American women of the century, antiracist feminist Anna E. Dickinson. This novel exemplifies a literature of dissent that disrupted the conventions of the “romance of reunion” to call attention to the neglected project of racial integration, insisting that universal suffrage, rather than family feeling, would be the solution to the nation’s political divisions.
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