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Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President

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On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony made history--and broke the law--when she voted in the US presidential election, a privilege that had been reserved for men. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty: "The greatest outrage History every witnessed," she wrote in her journal. It wasn't until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote, but the civil rights victory wo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Maggie Burgess
Jan 17, 2016 Maggie Burgess rated it it was ok
I would love to share the story of Susan B. Anthony with students, as I feel not enough adults I know, know about her. I love non fiction picture books that read like a story that will hold students' attention. This one just feels so-so to me though. I think students will have more questions about why she had to pay money but didn't pay it, or how she had to go to jail but then didn't go to jail. I just think there are parts in here that would confuse my students, or just overall make them unint ...more
Maggie Mullis
Oct 10, 2015 Maggie Mullis rated it really liked it
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Susan B. Anthony was an influential leader in Women's rights. This book tells the story of the first time she cast her vote, and it didn't go so well.

The story is interesting, and historically accurate. It shows students the struggles that women had to endure in order to obtain their rights. The author uses figurative language, like the description, "she marched in like a gust of wind". She also uses repetition to show how ridiculous and true it was that women were unable to vote. The illustrat
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Shelli
Dec 30, 2013 Shelli rated it really liked it
Heart on Fire is a beautifully written and illustrated story of Susan B. Anthony’s long going struggle to win one of the most important rights a U.S. Citizen can have: the right to vote. In 1872 she cast her illegal vote for president after using logic to persuade the men at the polling place; by reading them the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which gave African American men the right to vote after the Civil War: “All person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisd ...more
Turrean
This was a very enjoyable, accurate, picture book account of the events surrounding Susan B. Anthony's act of civil disobedience: casting a vote. The illustrations are obviously based on contemporary photos and portraits. This would serve as a good introduction to Anthony's work.

The formatting for the digital version is awful. I wasn't allowed to view it in the Kindle Cloud Reader, so had to read it on my iPad. The magnifying tool doesn't work for this book. The text was so small, even when "ta
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
HEART ON FIRE: SUSAN B. ANTHONY VOTES FOR PRESIDENT is an exciting Children's book/history. The story of Susan B. Anthony,her trials,election laws,her triumphs,and Women's suffrage amendment begins in the 1800's. In 1869 Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Born a Quaker,arrested for voting for the President,trialed,found guilty,ordered to pay a fine which she never paid,carried an alligator purse, and never gave up her quest to vote. What an amazing lady! A great re ...more
Alison Criner
Apr 06, 2015 Alison Criner rated it really liked it
So many books about Susan B. Anthony are just factual and the reader gets no sense of what she was like as a person. This book, about a specific incident in Anthony's life, lets us see more about her personality and convictions. recommended.
Lauren
Mar 13, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
Rich, beautiful illustrations in oils, nice story arc. Good historical notes & bibliography at the end and bonus political cartoon and historical images at the end.

My only disappointment, really: like many children's books about social change, the story is told as one of an individual rather than a movement. The author mentions other women who were attempting to vote and fighting for women's rights, but does not place the narrative in the context of a long, coordinated and organized fight w
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Christina
Oct 23, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
A fun picture book look at women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony--not a full biography, but just one incident, when in 1872 she registered to vote, citing the Fourteenth Amendment as making her as equal a citizen as freed black Americans, and therefore having the right to vote. She got fifteen other women to vote too, but then she was arrested for "not having the lawful right to vote" and put on trial. The short lyrical text has a good read-aloud refrain, "Outrageous. Unbelievable. True." Nic ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Great read-aloud for all US History teachers. Illustrations are amazing.
Anastasia
Great book! My kids were outraged at the injustices this book portrayed.
Sandy Brehl
Numerous titles share the story of Susan B. Anthony and her role in securing women's right to vote. In most cases the event featured in this title is mentioned as one of many.This book, with immediacy and focus, tells of her decision to exercise her fourteenth amendment right to vote in the presidential election. Her subsequent trial and outspoken position in the face of a conviction were, as the text says, "Outrageous. unbelievable. True."
Back matter offers excellent extended information to put
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Julie Esanu
Nov 06, 2012 Julie Esanu rated it really liked it
I like that this picture book biography focuses on a specific period of Susan B. Anthony's life when she voted in the 1872 presidential election. It is often hard for elementary students to grasp her contribution to society but this book clearly frames her story in the suffrage movement. The inclusion of the Fourteenth Amendment as prologue is very powerful. One nit-picky complaint, the picture of Susan B. Anthony's lawyer during her trial looks very much like a young Abraham Lincoln, which migh ...more
Kelly Francis
Aug 21, 2015 Kelly Francis rated it really liked it
This is a great book to use when teaching about the constitution and women's suffrage. Students will enjoy this inspiring story and it is a great addition to a social studies lesson.
PWRL
Apr 09, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Aubrey
The artwork is rich, the story is engaging and it portrays an important part of United States history. But don't we have enough biographies on Susan B. Anthony? There were many other voices in the movement. And the role of African American women is downplayed.
Lois
Feb 02, 2013 Lois rated it really liked it
Ann Malaspina has written a stirring free verse account of Susan B. Anthony's attempt to vote in 1872. The refrain of "Outrageous. Unbelievable. True." Sums up the mood of the book.
A.C.E. Bauer
It's a lovely introduction to an important historical moment. Who would have thought you could be arrested, tried and convicted for being a citizen who voted?
Sharon Amolo
Sep 22, 2012 Sharon Amolo rated it it was amazing
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Loved this story about Susan B. Anthony. Our 3rd graders study her and this would is a great story about her arrest for voting.
Samantha
Apr 02, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Susan B. Anthony in a story time way. It uses very vibrant pictures and relavant facts.
Teri
Nov 06, 2013 Teri rated it it was amazing
One of those rare, superb, children's biographies!!!
Mary
Oct 24, 2012 Mary added it
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Great read as we approach the election....

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