After the holidays I got bitten by the decluttering bug, resulting in a massive cleanup effort in my office. Removal of some furniture gave me a new view of my beloved books, plus some favorite objects in purple, the color of suffrage.
Happy New Year! This holiday I had the opportunity to step into Susan B. Anthony’s shoes and those of Annie, her sister-in-law, as I spent many hours sewing by Continue reading
Join me for a book signing today at Lift Bridge Book Shop in Brockport, 12-2 pm. I’ll have some interesting materials you probably have not seen before.
Lift Bridge is one of the independent bookstores who do so much to bring locally-written books to the public, in addition to the customary bestsellers.
Here are some of the books I’m reading for my next novel in my Dauntless Series. They focus on contemporaries of Susan B. Anthony’s brother Daniel Read Anthony, who lived and fought on the Missouri-Kansas border before the Civil War and in its early days. Annie Osborn Continue reading
Simply New York Store will hold a book signing tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 3) by Jeanne Gehret at their store near Seabreeze. Come met Jeanne and hear some surprising stories about Susan B. and her family. Ask Jeanne about her costumed portrayals of Miss Anthony, too.
Jeanne’s books make great gifts for anyone interested in Rochester, antislavery, woman suffrage, Martha’s Vineyard, the border war in Kansas, and even romance!
Click here for a description of these two books:
- The Truth About Daniel
- Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All
Jeanne will also have copies of her Coping Series (children’s books on dyslexia and ADD} for your favorite special needs child.
Simply New York carries only items made in NY State, including food items, jewelry, books, and fascinating gadgets. Jeanne’s books were not only written in New York, and they also feature famous people who lived here!
Book Signing Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-3 pm
Simply New York, 4364 Culver Road, Rochester
One day in early November 1862, Susan B. Anthony and her father Daniel were reading and discussing antislavery newspapers when he suddenly began suffering acute pain in Continue reading
In the 19th century, before modern medicine, you could easily die from what you inhaled or drank. This was particularly true if you were a baby. That is because they did not yet understand the nature of infectious disease or have the means to prevent it.
I was always puzzled when I read that the average lifespan for Americans in the 1800s was about 45. After all, all of Susan B. Anthony’s siblings and most of her friends lived well beyond what we consider middle age. Finally, I asked my friend Terry Lehr for help. She is a former nurse and author of an upcoming book on the flu epidemic of 1918. Terry explained that it was extremely common for children to die before they were five years old, and this brought down the average age considerably. (Click here for an overview of 19th century medicine that focuses on the highly-contagious puerperal fever.)
Infectious Diseases Varied By Season
Cold weather brought respiratory diseases spread through the air, especially pneumonia, influenza, and diphtheria, which was called “the strangling disease” because sufferers frequently developed a membrane in their throats that cut off their airways.
Warm weather, while easier on the lungs, was harder on the digestive tract. Illnesses–especially cholera, but also typhoid fever and dysentery–could reach epidemic proportions, killing thousands of Americans during bad seasons and causing others to evacuate affected towns. Rivers, streams, and ground water, polluted with feces, carried the illness across the continent. Closer to home, babies were particularly susceptible to germs in spoiled milk because it was a disproportionate percentage of their entire diet.
What does this have to do with this website on the Anthony kin? Because as I’ve been visiting Anthony grave sites and reading letters and diaries, I keep coming across sad remembrances of family members who succumbed to such diseases. At least one of those deaths will darken the pages of the sequel of The Truth About Daniel.
Photo of the Anthony burial plot in Rochester by Jeanne Gehret.
Well, I’m glad you asked. My interest in Daniel Read (D.R.) Anthony began about 20 years ago with scattered hints in Susan’s biography, letters, and diaries. Continue reading
We are pleased and honored that The Truth About Daniel was recently featured in Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine. The review praised the novel’s good pace, handling of critical historical events, and “careful attention…to mores and manners of the time.” See the complete review here, titled “Endurance, Determination, and Resolve.”
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