Susan B. Anthony's contributions

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Susan B. Anthony and the effect of her contributions to American History

Plan of Investigation

What was Susan B. Anthony’s role in American history and how did her contributions impact America?

This investigation assesses Susan B. Anthony’s position during the reform era of women’s rights and the abolishment of slavery in America during the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.  The investigation will examine her contributions and accomplishments and the effect they had on America before and after her death.  Two sources evaluated in the investigation will be, Susan B. Anthony: a Biography of a Singular Feminist and Susan B. Anthony: and Justice for All for their origins, purpose, values and limitations.


  1. Summary of Evidence

Argument 1: Susan B. Anthony’s efforts regarding her strict beliefs regarding women’s rights to vote led to the formation of the Nineteenth Amendment (Susan B. Anthony Amendment).  

  • Anthony’s father had a strong sense of equal rights for women and equal justice.  He believed in giving equal education to all his children. 
  • Anthony began campaigning for women’s rights in 1853.  This had an effect in 1860, when the New York State Married Women’s Property Bill was passed. 
  • During a speech made by Anthony, she stated, “Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.”
  • During 1868, they began publishing their newspaper The Revolution in Rochester which focused on gaining equal rights for both men and women.  The tagline for the newspaper read, “Men their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less”.  
  • In 1869, the American Woman Suffrage Association hoped that American states to let women vote.  Anthony gathered 10,000 signatures on petitions in 1877 from women from 26 states who supported women’s rights to vote.
  • In 1904, Anthony became the president of Carrie Chapman Catt’s International Women Suffrage Alliance. 
  • In 1920, 14 years after her death, Women aged 18 were allowed to vote due to the regulation of the Nineteenth Amendment (Susan B. Anthony Amendment) in 1920.

Argument 2: Anthony also believed in abolishing slavery and led many organizations throughout her life.  This in turn resulted in the abolishment of slavery in 1866

  • Throughout Anthony’s childhood, her family hosted anti-slavery meetings at their farm every Sunday. 
  • Susan B. Anthony joined the American Anti- Slavery Society in 1956, where she made speeches, arranged meetings and distributed leaflets. 
  • In 1863, Anthony and her supporters organized a Women’s National Loyal League to support and petition for the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery.
  • Anthony campaigned for equal rights for free black slaves in her newspaper, The Revolution, which she started publishing in 1868
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Argument 3: Throughout her lifetime, Susan B. Anthony also participated in labor activist programs seeking equal pay for both women and men.

  • In 1868, Susan B. Anthony’s newspaper, The Revolution supported an eight hour minimum work day for women and equal pay as men
  • Anthony also encouraged several women to work in the Workingwomen’s Associations, rather than the sewing and printing trades, which required women to perform hard labor
  • Anthony was elected president of the Workingwomen’s Central Association in 1870.  The association focused on the working conditions for women, as well as provided ...

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