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Susan B. Anthony

Rebel, Crusader, Humanitarian

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Author: Alma Lutz
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 118,828 / 375 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 587
Added to site: 2007.01.25
mnybks.net#: 15896
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ere due in large measure to the superiority of American women. A few women had urged their claims: Abigail Adams asked her husband, a member of the Continental Congress, "to remember the ladies" in the "new code of laws"; and Hannah Lee Corbin of Virginia pleaded with her brother, Richard Henry Lee, to make good the principle of "no taxation without representation" by enfranchising widows with property.[3]

Yet the legal bondage of women continued to be overlooked. It seemed a less obvious threat to free institutions and democratic government than the Negro in slavery. In fact, Negro slavery presented a problem which demanded attention again and again, flaring up alarmingly in 1820, the year Susan B. Anthony was born, when Missouri was admitted to the Union as a slave state.[4]

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These were some of the forces at work in the minds of Americans during Susan's childhood. Her father, a liberal Quaker, was concerned over the extension of slavery, and she often heard him say that he trie

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