by Jeanne Gehret

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The Anthony family spread out from Massachusetts into New York and Kansas

Susan B. Anthony’s siblings, like her parents, were all for suffrage. They supported the right of every American citizen to vote, regardless of sex or race. (This link connects you with All for Suffrage, part 1. )

Today only, my two books about the Anthonys are on sale for just 99 cents on Kindle. If you already own them, please tell your friends! If not, what are you waiting for?

Scenes from my books that demonstrate “all for suffrage:”

  • Her three sisters all voted with her in November 5, 1872.
  • Mary Anthony, the youngest sister, was an active reformer in her own right. See previous post and this great article on Mary.
  • Her brother Daniel Read Anthony (D.R.) forcibly resisted pro-slavery ruffians who stormed the ballot boxes in Kansas and was a rabid Republican. Departing from his father’s beliefs, he served as a colonel in the Army during the Civil War. Only a calamity would have prevented him from voting.
  • Merritt, the other brother, also served in the Army and was a civic-minded citizen, so it seems likely he would have voted, too.

In short, the whole family sacrificed in words and deeds so that all U.S. citizens could participate in the government by voting. Susan and D.R. were the most vocal; D.R. and Merritt were the most militant. Don’t forget to go to the polls on Nov. 7 to exercise your precious right. 

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