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Susan B Anthony was born February 15 1820 in Adams Massachusetts She was born and raised in a Quaker family with long activist traditions The Quakers believed in education and Susan received excellent training They believed in hard work and Susan learned to work hard from an early age They believed in generosity and charity They believed in peace temperance and justice and this was to affect her adult concerns about injustices toward women as well as social problems that come from alcohol The Quakers also believed that men and women were equal partners before God and this must have had an important influence on her belief in womens rights Her mother and fathers names were Daniel and Lucy who ran theyre own cotton mills he avoided buying slave-raised cotton In Massachusetts her fathers cotton mill was very successful and he was soon asked to manage mills at Battenville New York The family moved there in 1826 when Susan was 6 years old Susans education started in the small schools in New York At 15 she began to teach in one of the schools near her home In 1837 at the time 17 Susan was sent by her father to Deborah Moulsons Friends Seminary a respected private school in Philadelphia Deborah Moulson was the director and she was very strict The same year that Susan left for school in Philadelphia however there was a nationwide financial crisis the panic of 1837 Her fathers cotton mills in New York failed and the family suffered during the panic of 1837 The family could no longer afford schooling and in April 1838 her father picked her up from the seminary and brought her home To help her family get money Susan began to work as a teacher Her family moved to Hardscrabble New York where Daniel owned a factory and gristmill In 1845 her family again moved to Rochester New York where her father leased a farm
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