Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World

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by Penny Colman
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial 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
Kirkus Reviews

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)

From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805082937
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
699,957
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

www.pennycolman.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and i chose this book for my research project. i enjoyed reading A Friendship that changed the world by Penny coleman. She introduced the two characters vey well and had a lot of information that helped me answer the questions I had. The book was very easy to read and it was helpful when she separated the women in different chapters. I liked how Penny first talked about Susan's life then in the second part she changed to Elizabeth and Susan's life and how they slowly changed the world. With all the great detail it was easy to comprehend how they fought for women lives. It also helped on how the author put the sources on the back of the page to make it easier for me to find stuff. i enjoyed every bit of the book and definitely recommend it to anybody interested in women suffrage. This book changed my point of view and helped me see how hard it was for women to live during this time. It was an inspiring book and they both are definitely huge impacts on this world even to this day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore, who had to do a research project on Susan B. Anthony. I enjoyed reading A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman very much. It was easy to read and in the first part of the book the author dedicated separate chapters to both women about the beginning of their lives. After the first part, the rest of the book describes the life of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on their journey to fight for women's rights. Finally, at the end of the book the author includes a group of resources that can help the reader to understand more about the two most famous women in history. In the book, Susan's letter to Elizabeth inspires me because fifty years ago women had no rights and throughout those fifty years these two women fought for millions of women past and present. Without their voice our society would not be where it is today. I recommend this book highly too readers who want to know about the lives of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and what gave them the inspiration to fight for women's rights.