Links to Oakes Smith related sources on the Web

  • The Sinless Child and Other Poems 1843 see also this link
    The FULL TEXT of The Sinless Child and Other Poems(1843), ed. John Keese, produced as part of the "Making of America" collection, University of Michigan
  • "The Sinless Child" (1842)
    This link, from Stephen Railton's page, Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture at the University of Virginia acknowledges "Eva" from Oakes Smith's "The Sinless Child" as a model for Stowe's Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Either Railton or Chadwick Healey's transcription (the source of Railton's link) misdates the poem, which was originally printed in The Southern Literary Messenger in 1842.
  • Loren Elizabeth Christie's blog "Dude Where Am I?" includes a fascinating array of original research on Elizabeth Oakes Smith, featuring many local links to her hometown of Patchogue, Long Island, where Oakes Smith spent much of her life after 1859.  We are especially grateful to Loren for her discovery of Henry Inman's portrait of Oakes Smith from the mid 1840s, which she unearthed in an obscure catalog of Frank Bulkeley Smith's art collection published in 1920.  
  • As of June 2017, a new Native American website,, supplies a link to a beautifully scanned version of The Bald Eagle that readers may download themselves (no problems, but it's too large for me to store here--36 meg).
  • Links to many of Oakes Smith's full-length works (full text) are available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library and/or Project Gutenberg: 
  • Christine Ladd-Franklin by Samantha Ragsdale.   This biography of Christine Ladd Franklin (1847-1930) indicates Oakes Smith's influence on the next generation of feminist thinkers:

Even as a toddler, Christine was attending women's rights lectures with her mother, such as one given by Elizabeth Oakes Smith. In a letter to her sister, Riar, Augusta once wrote of Elizabeth Oakes Smith's lecture, saying "women belonged not only in the pulpit, a place for which they were peculiarly suited, but also every place where a man should be."