Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words [NOOK Book]


Juxtaposed with contemporary reports and biographical essays, the words of this legendary suffragist reveal Susan B. Anthony as a loyal, caring friend, and an eloquent, humorous crusader. "More than a collection of well-arranged quotations, the work informs, inspires, and gives historical perspective."--The Houston Post. 33 photos & illustrations.

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Juxtaposed with contemporary reports and biographical essays, the words of this legendary suffragist reveal Susan B. Anthony as a loyal, caring friend, and an eloquent, humorous crusader. "More than a collection of well-arranged quotations, the work informs, inspires, and gives historical perspective."--The Houston Post. 33 photos & illustrations.

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In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth, ABC News 20/20 correspondent Lynn Sherr presents a spirited collection of the legendary suffragette's speeches, letters, and quotes. Failure is Impossible combines Anthony's stirring words with biographical essays by Lynn Sherr and abundant illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of excerpts from speeches and letters by women's rights advocate Anthony (1820-1906) reflects her activism on many issues, including female suffrage, the abolition of slavery, temperance, domestic violence and legal rights of married women. Sherr, a correspondent for ABC's 20/20 and coauthor of Susan B. Anthony Slept Here, accompanies Anthony's eloquent words with informed biographical essays. Anthony's spirited 50-year fight to gain the vote for women is detailed here, as well as the anger she expressed when friend and antislavery activist Frederick Douglass excluded women from his fight for voting rights for African Americans. After being jailed for voting illegally, Anthony wrote, ``It was we, the people, not we, the white male citizens, but we, the whole people who formed this union.'' The 19th Amendment, granting voting rights to women, was passed 14 years after Anthony's death. Illustrations. (Feb.)
Library Journal
"Away with your man-visions! Women propose to reject them all, and begin to dream dreams for themselves," writes Anthony in one selection from this sprightly collection of her correspondence, speeches, interviews, and published writings. Sherr, 20/20 correspondent and coauthor of Susan B. Anthony Slept Here LJ 5/1/94, has arranged the selections by topic-"Oh Slavery, Hateful Thing," "The Original Frequent Flier," "Get Money, Get Wealth," etc.-and chronologically within topics. Specialists may object that this arrangement distorts the historical meaning of some selections; this reader regretted that the leading chapter concerned Anthony's marital status. These are quibbles, however, for this is a fascinating and accessible volume. Sherr includes a brief but choice bibliography and notes that most of the selections are in the microfilm edition of The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, available to library patrons in some areas. Essential for public, high school, and academic libraries.-Carolynne Myall, Eastern Washington Univ. Libs., Cheney
Whitney Scott
Made up of public statements, private letters, and entries from the diaries of Susan B. Anthony that Sherr places in a narrative historical continuity that includes biographical essays, reproductions of period engravings, and contemporary newspaper accounts, this book offers the great nineteenth-century woman's rights advocate in her totality. Here we read Anthony on a diverse range of subjects: her close friend Frederick Douglass and the slavery--that "hateful thing"--from which he escaped; foremothers and women of the future; making money and developing wealth; her own publishing career; President Cleveland, "the enemy"; dressing for success--that is, the issue of dress reform involving corsets, petticoats, and bloomers; and, of course, The Cause--women's suffrage. Anthony traveled widely--notably in a long series of journeys across the Midwest and West to promote the cause of women's suffrage--until age 85 (on account of this near constant movement, ABC News correspondent Sherr dubs her "the original frequent flier"). This biographical documentary commemorates the 175th anniversary of the suffragist's birth and the 75th of the Nineteenth Amendment most appropriately, indeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307765291
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 247,961
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
1 Miss Anthony 3
2 School Days 17
3 Oh Slavery, Hateful Thing 29
4 What Do Women Want? 45
5 The Cause 60
6 General Anthony 70
7 One More Screech For Freedom 80
8 The Years Of The Women 91
9 A Fine Agitation 107
10 The Original Frequent Flier 119
11 The Speakeress 131
12 The Enemy 142
13 Gentlemen, Take Notice 155
14 Sisterhood Is Powerful 165
15 With Friends Like These ... 178
16 Dressing For Success 188
17 Publish Or Perish 199
18 Current Affairs 212
19 Get Money--Get Wealth 226
20 Perpetual Motion 239
21 Divine Discontent 247
22 The Pleasure Of Her Company 265
23 Sparrows, Spoons, And Surnames 275
24 Foremothers 285
25 The New Woman 293
26 Saint Susan 308
27 Failure Is Impossible! 319
Epilogue 328
Acknowledgments 331
Notes 335
Bibliography 367
Photo Credits 369
Index 371
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    I was riveted!

    I loved it. It is a collection of mostly letters and journals that Anthony wrote herself so you get a real sense of her personality. It also includes other sources that give you a sense of the way things were at the time. I could't put it down!

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