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

Susan's Healthy Lifestyle and Caring for the Health of Others

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How have you managed to live such a healthy life?

Well, I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I nearly exhausted myself early in my career. I traveled nonstop for months at at time and didn't pay attention to what I ate. I then spent two months at a water-cure sanatorium where I rested, bathed, and exercised while eating a diet of vegetables, grains, and not much meat. When I left I knew what I would need to do to stay physically and mentally healthy so as to keep up with the work for woman's rights, temperance, and anti-slavery causes. Of course, I never drank alcohol.

Like most women of our time, I was called to care for others through childbirth, sickness, and their final illnesses. My sisters Guelma and Hannah both suffered from what we called consumption. Sister Mary and I took turns nursing our dear mother through her long last days. I can't forget caring for my cousin Margaret when I was 29, teaching school, and living with her young family. I attended the birth of her third child and took over care when she became ill in the days and weeks following. In the end she simply wasted away. As I wrote to mother, "It's a rather tough business, is it not."

RECIPE: Homeopathic foods, Spinach Soup

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