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I Susan B Anthony A Biographical Introduction Susan Brownell Anthony was born on February 15 1820 inAdams Massachusetts to Daniel and Lucy Anthony Susan wasthe second born of eight children in a strict Quaker familyHer father Daniel Anthony was said to have been a sternman a Quaker Abolitionist and a cotton manufacturer bornnear the conclusion of the eighteenth century From what Iread he believed in guiding his children not indirecting them Daniel Anthony did not allow hisoffspring to experience the childish amusements of toysgames and music which were seen as distractions from theinner light Instead he enforced self-disciplineprincipled convictions and the belief in ones own Each of my sources indicates that Susan was a precociouschild and she learned to read and write at the age of threeIn 1826 the Anthonys moved from Massachusetts toBattensville New York where Susan attended a districtschool When the teacher refused to teach Susan longdivision Susan was taken out of school and taught in ahome school set up by her father The school was run by awoman teacher Mary Perkins Perkins offered a new image ofwomanhood to Susan and her sisters She was independent andeducated and held a position that had traditionally beenreserved to young men Ultimately Susan was sent toboarding school near Philadelphia She taught at a femaleacademy and Quaker boarding school in upstate New York from1846-49 Afterwards she settled in herfamily home in Rochester New York It was here that shebegan her first public crusade on behalf of temperance Susan B Anthonys first involvement in the world ofreform was in the temperance movement This was one of thefirst expressions of original feminism in the United Statesand it dealt with the abuses of women and children whosuffered from alcoholic husbands The first womens rightsconvention had taken place in Seneca Falls New York inJuly of 1848 The declaration that emerged was modeled afterthe Declaration of Independence Written by Elizabeth CadyStanton it claimed that all men
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