Jeanne Gehret as Susan B. Anthony
Three Susan B. Anthony events feature Jeanne Gehret, author of two books about the Anthony family. These programs honor the centennial of woman suffrage in NY state. Signups are essential at the libraries:
- Tuesday, 7 pm., Perinton Historical Society, “All for Suffrage: the Kin of Susan B. Anthony” discusses how Susan’s entire family supported her reform work
- Thursday, 7 pm, Brighton Memorial Library, “All for Suffrage: the Kin of Susan B. Anthony” 585-783-5300
- Saturday, 1 pm, Irondequoit Public Library, “Failure is Impossible” (re-enactment of Susan B. Anthony) 585-336-6060
Click here for a fuller description of those programs. Hope to see you there!
Books by Jeanne Gehret:
Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All is out in its new edition and explores her long-term association with Frederick Douglass. (Click here to order on Amazon.)This monument, titled “Let’s Have Tea,” depicts two of the main characters in the book.
A Multifaceted Friendship
Susan and Frederick were neighbors when both moved to Rochester in the 1840s; the Douglasses frequently dined at abolitionist gatherings at Susan’s farm home. The two worked tirelessly together for universal suffrage until a falling-out but were re-united in their old age. Read more about their friendship in my new easy-reading biography Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All: Suffrage Centennial Edition.
A Little Background on the Statues
When Susan’s brother Daniel died a rich man, he specifically left $1,000 for a memorial to Susan. Instead, however, she elected to spend the money on a woman suffrage campaign. (She outlived him by two years.) It wasn’t until 2002 that the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association in Rochester, NY commissioned Laotian immigrant Pepsy M. Kettavong to create the larger-than-life statues near Susan’s Madison Street home.
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How did Susan B. Anthony’s family shape her? That’s what I set out to discover when I began writing this blog in 2014. It’s easy for me to forget, after all this time, that many people have no idea of the strong-minded people who formed her everyday associations.
- Her father, Daniel Anthony Sr., defied his Quaker fellowship to marry a Baptist
- Though raised (pacifist) Quaker, both her brothers fought in the Civil War
- All her sisters voted with her
- Her sister Mary was the first Rochester principal to receive equal pay for equal work
For me, the most interesting of her siblings was her brother, Daniel Read (D.R.) Anthony. But if you’ve been reading this blog, you already know that!
In the next few posts I’ll be harking back to earlier entries. This is a good time for me to do so, since I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest book, Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All. This is a brand new edition of my easy-reading (grade level 6-8) biography, re-issued just in time for the New York State Centennial of Woman Suffrage. More on the new book soon!
For today, click here to get an overview of the Anthonys.