Character, Courage, Commitment

Susan B. Anthony, a well-known woman in history, displayed character, courage, and commitment in her quest to achieve a woman’s right to vote. In the picture book, Heart on Fire:  Susan B. Anthony Votes for President, written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Steve James, the reader is given a look into an important event in the life of Susan B. Anthony. It’s another perfect book to celebrate Women’s History Month.

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Using free verse, the author describes how Susan B. Anthony believed the manner in which the fourteenth amendment was written gave women the right to vote. Despite objections from inspectors at the registration office, Susan B. Anthony registered to vote. On Election Day in 1872, she and fifteen other women went to the polls and voted for president. That spelled trouble. Susan B. Anthony was arrested for not having the lawful right to vote. Outrageous, Unbelievable, True is a phrase repeated by the author as she depicts this event in Anthony’s life. At a jury trial, Anthony was found guilty and fined. She spoke out with passion about her rights and declared she would never pay a dollar of the fine. Back matter in the book reveals what happened to the fine and how Susan B. Anthony continued to fight for the women’s suffrage amendment.

With character, courage, and commitment, Susan B. Anthony helped pave the way for women’s rights.

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