Item #17246 Reconstruction." "Vox Populi, Vox Dei." A Poem delivered in Library Hall, Chelsea, at the close of a Lecture on Sunday Evening, Sept. 23d. Lizzie Doten.
Reconstruction." "Vox Populi, Vox Dei." A Poem delivered in Library Hall, Chelsea, at the close of a Lecture on Sunday Evening, Sept. 23d.

Reconstruction." "Vox Populi, Vox Dei." A Poem delivered in Library Hall, Chelsea, at the close of a Lecture on Sunday Evening, Sept. 23d.

Boston: Sold by J.S. Dodge, [n.d., 1866]. Elizabeth Doten (1827 – 1913) was a poet, lecturer, and Spiritualist trance medium. She was also “considered the greatest female improvisator of the nineteenth century” (encyclopedia.com) and drew attention for her claims that she could channel the spirits of Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Robert Burns, and Felicia Hemans while writing poetry. Doten advocated for religious freedom, women’s rights, and abolition on her lecture circuit and in her writings. Minor toning. A very good, clean copy. Broadside (5 x 11"). Item #17246

The present work criticizes President Andrew Johnson's approach to the South after its defeat by the Union. Doten expresses her belief that his approach was too lenient and allowed for too much wealth and influence to remain in the hands of Southern planters and Confederate politicians. Doten also criticizes the fact that Johnson was largely unconcerned with Black suffrage the rights of Black soldiers who fought for the Union. She invokes Lincoln's assassination to accuse Johnson of wasting Lincoln's "sacrifice": "Why was your martyred Lincoln, the greatest and the last, / As a sacrifice to Freedom at the Nation's altar cast?" she writes, "Was it that those who bravely turned back the battle tide, / Should of enfranchised manhood and justice be denied?" At the end of the poem, Doten calls her readers to action: "Up, then! And make you ready for the work that must be done, / And let the ballot finish what the bayonet has begun."

OCLC records five copies: Yale, the Newberry Library, Brown, Vanderbilt, and the University of Virginia.

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