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Susan B. Anthony: The Making of America #4

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, Susan B. Anthony, Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her children away from her. While the young nation was ablaze with t ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Ms. Yingling
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Why we still need biographies of first wave feminists: "A married woman taking her husband's name reflected that under legal principle of coverture she no longer had a separate legal existence of her own." (page 31) Women changing their names is one of my pet peeves, and now I have solid proof as to why!

Born in 1820, Anthony's life was so much different than women's lives today. She had to struggle to get an education, even though her family was slightly
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At this point it's abundantly clear how much I love Teri Kanefield's Making of America series.

The fourth installment features Susan B. Anthony, and it is every bit as great as the first three. With each book in the series, Kanefield selects a prominent figure from American history who has helped to shape the laws of the United States. With Anthony we learn about a figure who is well known for her fight for women's right
Fitting in with the rest of the series (I'm now up to date and actually have read the yet-to-be published 5th book), this is a perfect homage to another person who made America. In Anthony's case, she worked tirelessly into her eighties to bring about women's suffrage. Often taking on the rights of blacks to vote but for the last third of the book, plenty was shared about differing opinions that a core group had regarding whether black men should first fight for their right to vote then women.

joyce w. laudon
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan B Anthony is someone who often comes to mind when considering iconic American women. Her influence has become widespread over time.

Susan Anthony is the only woman featured in a series of four books on prominent Americans written by this author. This places her in company with Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. In my opinion, she can hold her own.

The reader learns about the early influences on Susan Anthony who was an observer of all around her. As she grew up, Susan sa
Sally Sugarman
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan B. Anthony – Teri Kanefield
This book is aimed at young people from ten to fourteen. It is part of a series The Making of America, The other books listed in this series are three male political figures. Checking it out this seems to be the fourth in a projected series of six, all written by the same author. Anthony is the only woman. She is a good choice since her struggle to have women treated equally is still ongoing. The story of her life is well written and will engage the young reader
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very thorough and well-researched biography of Susan B. Anthony covering her life from her childhood through her death. Susan B. Anthony was a Quaker and as a result she believed in justice and equal rights for all; thus she was an abolitionist as well as a suffragist. She never married and initially she supported herself as a teacher. Eventually she became so involved in causes she relied on fees charged for her addresses, donations and sometimes infusions of fund from those who also believed ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Radical egalitarian, that was Susan B Anthony.

Though this biography of Anthony is marketed to middle schoolers, it does not lack for important scope or detail.

I've grown to greatly enjoy the writing of Teri Kanefield and follow her blog at

The first of Teri's books I read was her bio of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Free to Be. I've been hooked ever since.

Like this 19th Century revolutionary, I also hold egalitarian values. Some might also call me radical. Yet, I'm not nea
Tracy Lyn
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the cover, I expected this to be more of a Scholastic reader’s biography of Susan B. Anthony, written for students. Instead, I found it to be a very thorough and inspiring biography of a national hero. It will give you a much deeper understanding of the roots of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and spur you on to further reading on the topic.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried to read this with my daughter but it just wasn’t engaging. We couldn’t get enough momentum to read it. Her life is amazing, but this just wasn’t the right book for us.
Amy-Jo Conant
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m really starting to love this series. I’ve only read 2 in the set but they are fantastic.

In particular I think this Susan B Antony one was just right for a (strong) 4th and 5th grade reader. But don’t stop there, as an adult I absolutely appreciated this thorough account of an amazing persons life.

What I loved was the “voice” that so clearly came through. Okay, so I did listen to the audio, but the writing is well done. You can’t help but feel like Anthony is speaking directly to you in par
Jen Solak
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a well-presented story of Susan B. Anthony. As a historical figure who has historians somewhat divided on certain issues, it will appeal to some while others will think it is missing things.

Thank you NetGalley for an early copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, nonfiction for both children and adults, and lots of appellate briefs.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, Cricket Magazine, and The American Literary Review.

Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions:

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