Originally published in 1884 as a portion of the book “Our Famous Women: An Authorized Record of Their Live and Deeds,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 24 pages, describes the life and work of American woman suffrage leader and social reformer Susan B. Anthony.
There is scarce a town, however small, from New York to San Francisco, that has not heard the ringing voice of our heroine. Who can number the speeches she has made on lyceum platforms, in churches, schoolhouses, halls, barns, and in the open air, with lumber wagons and carts for her rostrum? Who can describe the varied audiences and social circles she has cheered and interested? Now we see her on the far-off prairies entertaining, with her sterling common sense, large gatherings of men, women, and children, seated on rough boards in some unfinished building; again, holding public debates in some town with half-fledged editors and clergymen; next, sailing up the Columbia River, and, in hot haste to meet some appointment, jolting over the rough mountains of Oregon and Washington Territories; and, then, before legislative assemblies, constitutional conventions, and congressional committees, discussing with senators and judges the letter and spirit of constitutional law.
Miss Anthony’s style of speaking is rapid and vehement; in debate, ready and keen; and she is always equal to an emergency. Many times in traveling with her through the West, especially on our first trip to Kansas and California, we were suddenly called on to speak to the women assembled at the stations. Filled with consternation, I usually appealed to her to go first; and, without a moment’s hesitation, she could always fill five minutes with some appropriate words, and inspire me with thoughts and courage to follow. The climax of these occasions was in an institution for the deaf and dumb in Michigan.
About the author:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) worked hand in hand with Susan B. Anthony as a social reformer and leader of the woman suffrage movement. With abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott she organized the first U.S. women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY (1848), and with Susan B. Anthony she organized the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869).