Susan B. Anthony was born
on February 15, 1820, near Adams, Massachusetts.Susan's father thought that
women should get as much education as they wanted. He built a school by adding
a room to their house. When she was fifteen and sixteen, she went to other people's
houses to teach children. In 1838, her father lost his cotton mill business
because of the Depressionhe and had to sell their house. They moved to a town
called Hardscrabble. In 1840, she went to teach at a boarding school near New
York City. While Susan was teaching she heard people talking about getting rid
of slavery. She agreed with this idea. She believed that all people were equal.
She listened to her father and to others who wanted to help slaves find freedom.
A lot of abolitionists were invited to the farm. They all supported Susan in
her work for women's rights.
In 1856 the abolitionists asked Susan to write and give speeches for a campaign against slavery. In 1865,Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed. But even though the slaves were free they didn't get the right to vote. In addition to Susan's fight to end slavery, she joined the Women's State Temperance Society in the State of New York. Susan became leader of the group. That was the end of her work with the temperance movement; she began working for women's rights. In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment passed. This amendment stated that all people who were born or naturalized in the United States were citizens of the U.S. In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment passed. This amendment stated that the right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied to anyone because of race or skin color, even if the person had once been a slave.Susan continued working hard by going from state to state giving speeches about womens rights. In 1979, more than seventy years after her death, Susan B. Anthony was honored with her picture on the United States one-dollar coin. By: Melissa Muro