28 July 2014

Susan B. Anthony in Adams, MA

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820–1906), women's rights campaigner and abolitionist  was born, and spent the early years of her life  just outside Adams, Massachusetts. Her father Daniel was a tolerant Quaker and her mother a Baptist. Elizabeth Cady Stanton later called Susan an agnostic.

The kitchen. The house was built in 1818 by Susan's father shortly after his marriage.

A section of the original wall.

A reconstruction of the birthing room, using furniture of the period.

Next to the room where Susan was born, Daniel (who also had interests in cotton and education) ran a small store in the other front room. He had been the first Anthony to marry a non-Quaker, but the fact that he sold alcohol in his store was more seriously frowned upon, which he promised to stop.

The newspaper The Revolution was established by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and was in existence for just over four years, between 1868 and 1872. The photo above this is the first issue.

A medallion bearing a representation of Susan B. Anthony.

There were many cartoons and caricatures of the women's rights movement. The photo above is from the Saturday Evening PostDecember 30, 1911.


'There ain't much 'am in that sandwich, 'Arry.'
'No, but there's plenty of mustard.'

bring all
into the world
Let women vote'

We had intended to drive to Seneca Falls on our last day in Elmira, NY. Famously, dress reformer Amelia Bloomer introduced Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls, and a statue by Ted Aub commemorates the occasion. Unfortunately it rained all day so we gave up on the trip.

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