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Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words
     

Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words

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by Lynn Sherr, Susan B. Anthony
 

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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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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812927184
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
165,297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Broadcast journalist and writer Lynn Sherr was an award-winning correspondent for more than thirty years at ABC News. She is the author of Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes; Outside the Box: A Memoir; America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song; and Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Words. She coedited Peter Jennings, A Reporter’s Life. She lives in New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sophomore in high school who had to read this book for a research project. I loved the book. It had many details about Susan B.  Anthony's work with the Women's Rights. It also was informative about her reasons of becoming a Suffragette. Lynn Sherr did an  amazing job! Reading Susan B. Anthony's speeches were interesting. I also found her remarks very comical. Susan B. Anthony had a  sense of humor but also got straight to the point, which I think is a good quality to have. Susan B. Anthony would speak her mind, and  was blunt.She spoke for the women who were too shy, the men who also wanted equality for all, and to help end racial segregation.  During her time, which was around the Civil War, women had no say so. Women couldn't vote, get a better education, or even get  accredited for their work. Women were seen as the weaker person. If you were a woman, you had to act and be a certain way. Speaking  out against men was especially one of the things not to do. Susan and many other women helped start the movement we have today.  It is called feminism.I personally am a feminist. If she was still alive, I would have so many questions. Before reading this book, I only knew about her work in the Underground Railroad. Now I know so much more. The things I don't like about this book is the length of  this book, it's too long. Also I wished there was a timeline of the important dates because I felt the stories were going back and forth and  it got confusing. Lastly, I wished there was more details about The Underground Railroad. Other than those three dislikes of the book. The book was excellent and very informal. Hope you found this review helpful. Have an awesome day! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sophomore in high school who had to read this book for a research project. I loved the book. It had many details about Susan B. Anthony's work with the Women's Rights. It also was informative about her reasons of becoming a Suffragette. Lynn Sherr did an amazing job! Reading Susan B. Anthony's speeches were interesting. I also found her remarks very comical. Susan B. Anthony had a sense of humor but also got straight to the point, which I think is a good quality to have. Susan B. Anthony would speak her mind, and was blunt.She spoke for the women who were too shy, the men who also wanted equality for all, and to help end racial segregation. During her time, which was around the Civil War, women had no say so. Women couldn't vote, get a better education, or even get accredited for their work. Women were seen as the weaker person. If you were a woman, you had to act and be a certain way. Speaking out against men was especially one of the things not to do. Susan and many other women helped start the movement we have today.  It is called "feminism." I personally am a feminist. If she was still alive, I would have so many questions. Before reading this book, I only  knew about her work in the "Underground Railroad." Now I know so much more. The things I don't like about this book is the length of this book, it's too long. Also I wished there was a timeline of the important dates because I felt the stories were going back and forth and  it got confusing. Lastly, I wished there was more details about "The Underground Railroad." Other than those three dislikes of the book.  The book was excellent and very informal. Hope you found this review helpful. Have an awesome day! 
pany More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous book.
Erika Vincent More than 1 year ago
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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