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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony : a friendship that changed the world
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2011.
Physical Description:
xiii, 256 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1180 L Lexile
A dual biography of the lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and the friendship that they formed. Together they challenged entrenched beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women and spearheaded the fight to gain legal rights, including the right to vote, despite fierce opposition, daunting conditions, scandalous entanglements, and betrayal by their friends and allies.


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In the Spring of 1851 two women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York--Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a thirty-five year old mother of four boys, and Susan B. Anthony, a thirty-one year old, unmarried, former school teacher. Immediately drawn to each other, they formed an everlasting and legendary friendship. Together they challenged entrenched beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women and spearheaded the fight to gain legal rights, including the right to vote despite fierce opposition, daunting conditions, scandalous entanglements and betrayal by their friends and allies.

Weaving events, quotations, personalities, and commentary into a page-turning narrative, Penny Colman tells this compelling story and vividly portrays the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a friendship that changed history.

Author Notes

Penny Colman is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers, including Thanksgiving: A True Story; Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories about Women who Made a Difference; and Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial. She is a Distinguished Lecturer at Queens College, The City University of New York, and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Englewood, New Jersey, with her family.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-These women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1851. Their sympathy for one another was instantaneous, despite their differences-Stanton a married mother of five and Anthony an unmarried career woman-and their association would result in immense changes for American women. Beginning with alternating chapters on her subjects' early years, the author builds clear portraits of both figures, leading to the momentous 1851 meeting. The impact of the abolition movement and the cross over between freedom for slaves and equal treatment for women is clearly delineated. Subsequent chapters deal with their joint history at the tiller of the suffrage movement. Building the characters of the individuals through their experiences and their own words, Colman has created nuanced pictures of both Stanton and Anthony, as well as of the sociopolitical climate in which they functioned. Readers will be surprised by the limits on women's rights and informed as to the nearly martial nature of the (still ongoing) struggle to attain equality. Including black-and-white photographs of major figures of the time, an epilogue, a detailed chronology, a list of places to visit, source notes, and a lengthy bibliography, this volume will take a bit of promotion to ensure circulation. Presenting a lively story along with a sound dose of history, it's a unique title that's worth the effort.-Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Yes, our work is one, we are one in aim and sympathy," Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote in an 1865 letter to Susan B. Anthony. Colman's biography, rich in quotes from the women, details their respective upbringings and family lives while also showing the strides they made after joining forces to fight for equality. A sixteen-page photographic insert is included. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Two of the most iconic figures in women's history were linked in deep friendship as well as commitment to the most contentious causes in 19th-century America: antislavery and woman suffrage.Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a married mother of four boys at the time they met, and Susan B. Anthony, an unmarried schoolteacher, formed a friendship that lasted until Elizabeth's death more than 50 years later. Their tireless work, including advocacy, speeches, organizing and writing, placed them at the center of tumultuous events in the middle of the 19th century. They were associates of other prominent activists, such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and Lucretia Mott. This lively, very readable narrative paints a picture that depicts each woman's path to activism and demonstrates that these passionate figures often disagreed with each other and their fellow activists over strategy, allies, direction for the movementeven rhetoric. The tenor of the times is on full display as the struggle to extend rights to women is resisted by most institutions in society. Conflicts within the movement are discussed, although the long-term breach that occurred when Stanton and Anthony opposed the amendment granting the right to vote to freedmen because women of all races were denied is not fully explored.This thoughtful portrayal of two complex women is further enhanced by comprehensive backmatter, making this an invaluable addition to the literature of suffrage. (Nonfiction. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

One of the greatest collaborations in U.S. history began the day Elizabeth Cady Stanton encountered Susan B. Anthony. From their first meeting, on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York, there was a connection. Stanton would later write about Anthony. I liked her thoroughly. The lives of these two women were very different. Stanton, married and eventually the mother of seven, had a comfortable home life, while Anthony, an unmarried former schoolteacher, had to make her own way in life. Yet, as Colman makes clear in this well-researched dual biography (which puts the women's rights movement in historical context), the two shared a strident belief in women's equality and saw suffrage as the necessary way to upend oppression and obtain the rights women deserved. In an introductory author's note, Colman discusses how she tackled th. mountain of primary source materia. and visited many significant places. The inclusive back matter offers a lot: places to visit, both geographically and on the web; a time line; and a bibliography.--Cooper, Ilen. Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Elizabeth Cady 1815-1832Susan B. Anthony: 1820-1832Elizabeth Cady: 1833-1839Susan B. Anthony: 1833-1839Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 1840-1847Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 1848-1850Elizabeth and Susan: 1851-1853
Author's Notep. xi
Prologue: Imagine a Timep. 1
Part 1
1 ôAh, You Should Have Been a Boy!öp. 7
2 ôAn Affectionate Familyöp. 12
3 ôRousing Argumentsöp. 17
4 ôHardscrabble Timesöp. 25
5 ôA New Worldöp. 30
6 ôSink or Swimöp. 40
1840-1847Susan B. Anthony
7 ôTo Do and Dare Anythingöp. 46
8 ôOut of Sorts with the Worldöp. 53
Part 2
9 ôAn 'Intense Attraction'öp. 59
10 ôDo You Not See?ö: A Woman's Rights Point of View: 1853-1854p. 68
11 ôWhere Are You?ö: Challenging Times: 1854-1859p. 78
12 ôNevertheless You Are Rightö Controversy: 1860p. 88
13 ôPut on Your Armor and Go Forth!ö Women Rally: 1861-1866p. 97
Part 3
14 ôKeep the Thing Stirringö: Two Campaigns: 1867p. 113
15 ôMale Versus Femaleö: Division in the Ranks: 1868-1870p. 122
16 ôThe Crowning Insultö: Another Battle: 1870-1871p. 132
17 ôI Have Been & Gone & Done It!ö: Taking a Stand: 1871-1872p. 142
18 ôOur Friendship Is Too Long Standingö: Gains and Losses: 1873-1879p. 153
Part 4
19 ôWe Stood Appalledö: Monumental Project: 1880-1883p. 167
20 ôBrace Up and Get Readyö: Setbacks: 1884-1889p. 177
21 ôUnder Your Thumbö A Mountain of Work: 1890-1895p. 187
22 ôTo Stir You and Others Upö: Free Expression: 1896-1899p. 202
23 ôOh, This Awful Hushöp. 213
The End: 1900-1906
Epiloguep. 224
Chronologyp. 225
Places to Visitp. 230
Namesakesp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Source Notesp. 237
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Webliographyp. 248
Indexp. 249