Who was Susan Brownell Anthony?

Susan Brownell Anthony was not only a crucial member of the American civil rights movement but also one of the first women to introduce the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.  Born and raised in Massachusetts, Susan Brownell Anthony helped play a prominent role in the New York anti-slavery movements before the Civil War.

In the late 1860’s Susan helped publish the weekly journal named The Revolution. The motto of that weekly journal was “The true republic—men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” The ideals of the journal were to help promote African-Americans’ and women’s rights to suffrage.  It was also a forum, which provided close ups of the issues on equal pay and equal work which women and African-Americans did not receive.

In 1869, Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.  In the early years of the association, Susan endlessly tried to bring together women in the labor movement with suffragist ideas in mind, but had little success.  In 1890 Susan brought together the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and the American Woman’s Suffrage Association creating the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association.  Anthony also helped publish The History of Woman Suffrage with the help of those activists like Matilda Joslyn Gage and Ida Husted Harper.

Although she died 14 years before the passing of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, she was honored as the first American woman on the U.S. circulating coinage with her appearance on the Susan B Anthony dollar.

More information about Susan can be found at these websites:

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/anthonysusanb/a/anthony.htm

http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

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