Susan B. Anthony's public career spanned a half-century. She
was a leader in the women's suffrage movement, temperance and abolition organizer,
ardent reformer, speaker, and author who spent most of her life fighting for
equality. This collection contains publications, ephemera, photographs,
correspondence and writings related to her life's work.
Susan B. Anthony (15 Feb. 1820-13 Mar. 1906), reformer and organizer for woman
suffrage, was born Susan Brownell Anthony in Adams, Massachusetts. In 1851 Anthony
met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 1852 Anthony and Stanton founded the Women's New York
State Temperance Society, which claimed an equality with the leading male society
and featured women's right to vote on the temperance question and to divorce drunken
husbands. In 1863 Anthony, again with Stanton, founded the Women's Loyal National
League; employing a loose network of individuals and soldiers' aid and antislavery
societies, the league gathered petitions with 400,000 signatures, which were
presented to Congress. This effort marked advent of a focus on the federal
government for women's rights. The Thirteenth Amendment and subsequent debate about
securing citizenship for freed slaves introduced Anthony and her co-workers to the
potential for sweeping change through amendment to the national Constitution.
2.25 linear feet
(2 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder).
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