Friday! time for an American Hero! today is:
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820-1906)
David and Lucy Anthony
Lived in Adams, Massachusetts.
A cotton manufacturer
Quakers and abolitionist.
Their second child of eight children
Named Susan Brownell Anthony.
In the year of eighteen-twenty
Her name will go on in history.
Parents enforced self-discipline
A precocious child at age three.
Was taught principle convictions
At that young age could write and read.
They moved to Battenville, New York.
Susan attends the local school
Would soon find out this would not work.
They would not teach her long division
The reason was of her gender.
Was then placed in a group home school
The local schools did offend her.
A teacher named Mary Perkins
Had fostered Susan’s strong beliefs.
In women’s rights and equality
This new image would not be brief.
Self-conscious of her youth and looks
And her speaking abilities.
Later sent to a boarding school
To help with insecurities.
At seventeen till twenty-nine
In New York State was a teacher.
At that time men earned four times more
Her goal for women’s rights had reached her.
In New York she was twenty-nine
Involved with anti-slavery.
For the Daughters of Temperance
Applauded for her bravery.
The constant target of abuse
From men of higher influence
Her goal was equal rights for all
With an attitude of benevolence.
November fifth, Eighteen-seventy-two
Susan Anthony was arrested
For voting for the president
The new amendment now is tested.
Under the fourteenth amendment
As a citizen she could vote.
Can not be denied the privilege
In her court papers she had wrote.
Was prominent and independent
She fought for American civil rights.
A leader and abolitionist
For women she never lost a fight!