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Susan B. Anthony

It's about...Susan B. Anthony.
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Rachel Gdula

on 24 November 2012

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Transcript of Susan B. Anthony

Antebellum Era Reform Criticism of American Society Susan B. Anthony was first involved with the Temperance and Abolition movements, which led to her later commitment to women's rights. Both were important issues for women of the day; Abolition, like women's rights, was focused on gaining freedom for a group of people, and Temperance was important to women because of the impact alcoholism had on families. Reason for Reform Susan B. Anthony took an Ideological stand on women's rights because she believed that women should have status equal to that of men.
Anthony believed that in order for women to have any influence in government, they needed to have the right to vote.
With Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she founded the American Equal Rights Association, which carried the slogan, "Men their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less," and had the aim of securing justice for all Americans, regardless of gender. Methods of Reform Susan B. Anthony used public speeches, protests, petitions, and writing in her efforts to improve the lives of women.
Along with the American Equal Rights Association, she was also vice-president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
In her tours, she not only gave speeches but took time to speak with various groups and educate them about women's suffrage.
Anthony gathered petitions for women's suffrage from 26 states with 10,000 signatures.
She also co-founded "The Revolution", a women's rights journal. "The Revolution" functioned as the official voice of the National Woman Suffrage Association and discussed controversial issues such as prostitution, divorce, and reproductive rights. It was an instrument for the purpose of attracting working-class women to the movement by devoting columns to concerns such as unionization and discrimination against female workers. Susan B. Anthony Anthony was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a key role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States.
She was one of the most important activists in leading the way for women's rights to be acknowledged by society and the American government. Successes and Failures While Susan B. Anthony was one of the most influential women's rights activists, she experienced numerous failures in her attempt to bring reform.
When she, three of her sisters, and other women voted as an act of civil disobedience, they were arrested. Even then, however, Anthony continued to protest – she refused to pay her streetcar fare to the police station, saying that she was "traveling under protest at the government's expense." When she was jailed, she refused to pay bail and applied for habeas corpus. This gave way to another failure, though, because her (male) lawyer paid the bail in order to keep the case from the Supreme Court.
Also, despite the fact that she tirelessly brought petitions for women's suffrage to Congress, the petitions were ridiculed and ignored.
Susan B. Anthony did not have much success during her lifetime, but her lasting influence largely contributed to the eventual ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which is sometimes referred to as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Status as a Historical Figure Susan B. Anthony devoted her entire life to the causes she worked for. Never married, she was able to focus all of her energies on her reform efforts. At her funeral, Reverend Anna Howard Shaw stated that Anthony's work was "part of her being...It was the first and last thought of each day."
The approaches that Anthony took in reforming society are also considered unique. Rather than merely giving speeches and continuing on her tours, she spent time at each stop to educate various groups about women's rights and suffrage.
Her incredible dedication to reform work, along with the leadership roles she took up in all aspects of the women's rights movement made Anthony a noteworthy historical figure. Fanaticism in Methods of Reform Susan B. Anthony was not, in fact, a fanatical reformer; rather, her approach to reform was calculated and systematic. She was a notable rhetorician and dedicated leader, yet she rarely ever resorted to impractical means to convey her message.
In one instance, as Anthony advocated for dress reform for women, she cut her hair and wore a bloomer costume for a year before she became convinced that this outfit detracted from other causes she worked for. A Lasting Impact Considered the "Napoleon" of her cause, Anthony's work revolutionized the social and political conditions of women in American society.
Susan B. Anthony's reform in the Suffrage movement is considered by many to be monumental and led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment fourteen years after her death.
She was a proponent of the passage of the Property Law of 1860, which gave women the right to own property, engage in business, manage income, sue and be sued, and keep their children if they divorced.
Anthony's contributions to "The Revolution" opened up opportunities for women's writing to become published and distributed.
She was also influential in her campaigns for Temperance and Abolition. Her work in the Abolition movement had a long lasting impact.
As a leader of the Women's Loyal National League, she pushed for the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which gave African Americans freedom from slavery. Susan B. Anthony's Battle Cry "Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry." Susan B. Anthony was a calculating reformer whose dedication brought about lasting social change in American Antebellum society. In her reform work, Susan B. Anthony was a strategic planner and felt that she could accomplish social change through education and tireless work toward her goals. In order to create a more perfect America, reform was necessary and she would stop at nothing short of revolution to accomplish such change. Rachel Gdula and Christina Lee
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