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My approach to Anthony history is unique because my main focus is on their family background, not their public personas. Unlike museums and historic homes devoted to them (which I deeply appreciate), I’m not promoting buildings here.

To me, a historic home is important because of the way the individual interacted with it. How did the home (and its location) shape the individual, and vice versa? What did the home reflect of the individual’s personality? What did we learn about their preferences, needs, and private pastimes amid a life of service?

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in all the major locations I’m writing about. As you read further, I’ll share many historic sites with you. Much of my research is based on historic photographs and newspaper articles from that period.

The same goes for their public activities. As I’ve read about this mix of fascinating activists and homebodies that made up the Anthony family, I’m looking at what motivated them, how they reacted to internal and external events, what their family meant to them, and what they did when it all got to be too much.


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An American Christmas, 1863

photo by Jeanne Gehret During Christmas 1863, Daniel Anthony and Annie Osborn looked forward to their wedding in January. They probably weren't able to celebrate the holiday together because at that point they still lived [...]

New Harriet Tubman statue has unusual feature

Philadelphia has just picked the design for a new statue honoring Harriet Tubman. Perhaps you saw this news item recently. So much has been written about her extreme bravery and dedication to humankind. But seldom [...]

By |December 8, 2023|Categories: Black History, Civil War, Contemporaries of the Anthonys|

Listening with the Enneagram: Annie Osborn Anthony as Two

In my mind, Annie Osborn Anthony is Type Two, a Giver on the enneagram wheel. But please keep in mind that some of the details I mention below have been created to coordinate with my [...]

By |December 6, 2023|Categories: enneagram, The Anthony Family|Tags: |

Susan B Anthony’s best friend Elizabeth

Susan B. Anthony’s best friend was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Born November 12, 1815, Stanton was Anthony's opposite in many ways. However, their bond of common reforms – temperance, antislavery, and women’s rights – held them [...]

By |November 10, 2023|Categories: Contemporaries of the Anthonys, The Life of Susan B. Anthony|Tags: |

Listening with the Enneagram: Susan B. Anthony as Type One

The more I "listen" to my characters, the more convinced I am that Susan B. Anthony was a Type One on the enneagram. This character portrait is often called the Reformer Perfectionist. I am greatly [...]

By |October 27, 2023|Categories: enneagram, The Life of Susan B. Anthony|

I’m more likely to understand someone after I’ve listened deeply to them. In my day-to-day and in my writing life, I often use the enneagram, a personality type system that examines people’s innate tendencies and finds directions in which they can grow. This is especially important for the […]

By |October 24, 2023|Categories: enneagram, The Anthony Family|Tags: , , |

Seward House Museum: exploring 19th-century history

Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY offers deep insights into Lincoln's Secretary of State Henry Seward and his wife Frances, who were courageous reformers.

By |October 4, 2023|Categories: Civil War, Contemporaries of the Anthonys, Victorian|

Trailblazers: Susan B. Anthony and Jeannette Rankin

Susan B. Anthony and Jeannette Rankin are two trailblazers who left an indelible mark on the world. Although separated by time and geography, these two women were united in their desire to see women's voices heard. These courageous pioneers blazed a trail that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote for the first time. Rankin, born in Montana in 1880, was the first woman in the United States to serve in Congress, and the first female member of the Republican Party. She was an ardent supporter of civil rights, and she fought for suffrage alongside Alice Paul and others in the National Woman's Party. After her historic election in 1916, she continued to advocate for women's rights, sponsoring successful legislation to increase funding for women's education. Susan B. Anthony, born in Massachusetts in 1820, was an ardent abolitionist and feminist. She formed the National Women's Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1869 and was a leader in the fight for women's suffrage. She and her cohorts traveled the country to rally support for the cause, and in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. These two women have left an indelible mark on the world and their legacies remain to this day. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the lives of Jeannette Rankin and Susan B. Anthony—two trailblazers who revolutionized the way women are seen and heard in society.

By |June 2, 2023|Categories: The Life of Susan B. Anthony, Women's Suffrage|Tags: |

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