Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the Worldby Penny Colman
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… See more details below
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.
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)
“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
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.
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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.