Susan B.’s 200th

It is good to see Susan venerated on her birthday, especially since she was often regarded as troublesome during her lifetime. I wonder how troubled she would be by some of the current causes that have tried to co-opt her support posthumously.

Susan B. Anthony and Daniel Read Anthony

Though I have not been blogging recently, my interest in Susan never flags. My focus since 2012 has been on Susan in the context of her family, which was very important to her, especially formative about her attitudes on the abolition of slavery.

Today’s Google slideshow about her mentioned how important the family’s Sunday antislavery dinners were, and even noted her brother Merritt’s involvement with crusader John Brown in Kansas. However, Google failed to mention her other abolitionist brother Daniel, whose influence on Kansas society and on Susan was much greater. This assures me that my work on Daniel in my Dauntless Series is still plowing new ground.

My first historical novel on Daniel’s family, The Truth About Daniel, was published in 2017. Now I am putting the finishing touches on the rough draft of the second book in the Dauntless Series and hope to have it published by the end of this anniversary year. In this new book, Susan’s abolitionist activities and reform methods both inspire her Kansas family and critique it. The novel examines the Civil War from three important viewpoints: that of a slave, an abolitionist, and a family that was attacked by abolitionists.

It features the many ways women were affected by the war, a theme that historians often forget to notice in their focus on soldiers, battles, generals, and bloodshed. I like to think that Susan, who was always living and writing herstory, would approve of my approach.

If you are looking for an easy-read biography of Susan based on the biography that she authorized during her lifetime, please check out my book Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All, available on Amazon and Kindle. And stay tuned for my next novel where she makes cameo appearances.

Not His Father’s Quaker

Punchbowl that belonged to the Anthony family, displayed at the Leavenworth County Historical Society. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Punchbowl that belonged to the Anthony family. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Daniel Anthony, the father of Susan B. and her siblings, was of such an independent mind that he married “out of Meeting,” i.e. someone who was not a Quaker. In fact, he married a girl who had been his student, a Baptist named Lucy Read. For this he was temporarily ousted from the Meeting, as he was at numerous other times during his life. Continue reading