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“Presenting a lively story along with a sound dose of history, it's a unique title that's worth the effort.” School Library Journal
“This thoughtful portrayal of two complex women is further enhanced by comprehensive backmatter, making this an invaluable addition to the literature of suffrage.” Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Stanton and Anthony, as we know from the history books, pioneered woman's suffrage. Here, readers will discover there is much more to their lives and their story. Colman sifts through an enormous amount of material and gives us a fresh and lively perspective of a friendship that lasted more than fifty years. She presents how it formed and grew, and the hopes and disappointments of these two women with very different personalities. The book is divided into four parts, beginning with their childhoods and ending with their deaths. The reader learns about the struggles they faced in bringing forth the idea that women should have rights, including the right to vote. Colman introduces us to their wider circle of friends and co-workers in that struggle. Her thorough understanding of the subject, clarity of style, profuse use of quotes, and her selection of events combine for a fascinating look at their important work and how they worked together. Added interest is found in the photos of Stanton and Anthony throughout their lives, their parents, and other important men and women who were in their circle of influence. It is highly recommended for its presentation of history, its look at friendship, and how a person can make a difference in this world. Chronology, index, source notes, places to visit, and namesakes (such as schools, stamps, and the dollar coin) are also included. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
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
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 movement—even 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)