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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony
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     challenging words:    alcoholic, alcohol, better, long-time, workday, activist, attendance, garrison, legacy, contribution, hostile, rallies, eventually, refused, spite, behalf
     content words:    Susan B., Young Susan, New York, Mary Perkins, Frederick Douglass, William L., When Susan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, American Anti-Slavery Society

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Susan B. Anthony
By Mary L. Bushong

1     Have you ever thought about how different life was for women before the 1900's? They had almost no rights, much like slaves. Money they earned was usually paid to their husbands. They were not allowed to vote. Many women wanted to make changes, but it did not really begin to happen until a woman by the name of Susan B. Anthony stepped into the picture.
2     Susan was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts. Parents who were social activists raised her in a strict Quaker home. She was not allowed to play with toys or games or have music. Her father did not want his children distracted by things which were not important. He wanted them to learn to be self-disciplined and have a strong sense of their own self worth.
3     Young Susan was very bright, learning to read and write when she was just three years old. When she was six, her family moved to Battensville, New York. There she attended the local public school, until the teacher refused to teach her long division. Susan's father set up a school at home for his daughters. Mary Perkins taught it. This teacher gave Susan and her sisters an example of an independent, educated woman.
4     Susan eventually attended a boarding school in Philadelphia and then taught school for a time before moving back to her parent's home in Rochester, New York. It was from there that she began her own activist career on behalf of the Abolitionists and Temperance. Abolitionists wanted slavery to be ended, and Temperance was a movement to help people reduce or stop drinking alcohol. It also tried to help women and children with alcoholic family members.
5     Susan's family had been long-time supporters of the Abolitionists. She knew or met many of its leaders, including Frederick Douglass and William L. Garrison.

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