Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820. This year-long blog celebrates not only her 200th birthday,
but also her work, life, and the progress toward universal woman's suffrage as well as the 100th anniversary
of the year-long effort to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment.

During this year I will be adding stories from my imagined kitchen conversations with Susan B. Anthony and recipes from her era.
I am beginning this week because on June 4, 1919, women were one step closer to getting the vote when the United States Congress
passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Just over a year later, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify,
thus achieving passage by the required three-fourths of the nation's then 48 states states.
By 1984 all of the states that had been in the union at the time had finally ratified the amendment.

As essays are added, I'll mark them as "POSTED" on this Overview page and provide a link through for the stories and recipes of this year of celebration.

RECIPE for Susan B. Anthony's favorite kind of Old Fashioned Sponge Cake is at the bottom of this post. Scroll down to find the easy-to-make recipe.

Monday, May 13, 2019

1862-1865 SBA Directs Anti-Slavery Petition Drive

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What did you do during the Civil War?

President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863. It didn't take long for those of us who had spent years in anti-slavery and abolition efforts to recognize that Lincoln's action would not be enough to accomplish those long-standing goals.

Mr. Stanton wrote, urging me to leave our farm. "Here then is work for you, Susan, put on your armor and go forth!" I moved into the Stantons' Manhattan home and we organized the Woman's National Loyalty League. At our first meeting on May 14, 1863, we shared a grand idea to kindle and sustain the fires of high enthusiasm--a drive to petition Congress for a constitutional amendment securing the necessary freedoms and achieving emancipation of all slaves. I was the general of the effort. We recruited two thousand petition collectors and, from those efforts, sent four-hundred thousand signatures to congressmen who supported our cause. The Thirteenth Amendment passed the Senate on April 8 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. 

RECIPE: Tea rusks, fresh strawberries 

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