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Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony…

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's…

by Claire Rudolf Murphy

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I really liked this story because the characters were relatable even though it is a historical fiction book. I think the characters were well developed and the story describes the characters thoughts and feeling very well. For example the main character Bessie says to her brothers, "Someday you''l get to vote and you don't even care. Mama is as smart as Papa, and I'm as smart as you." I also really liked how the story was told from the little girl's point of view. I like how she realizes that she should be treated equal to boys and then she discovers that she can help Susan B. Anthony in the fight for women/s rights by making posters, donating money, and marching in the parade. I think the main idea of the story is to never give up on something that you believe in, if at first you don't succeed, try try again! ( )
  shax1 | Oct 23, 2016 |
Summary: A young girl is confused why she cannot do the same things as her brothers simply because she is a girl. She is then told about how women cannot even vote. Realizing the time she lived in, she wanted to make a change. The young girl, her mom, and her best friend then decide to join the women's suffrage movement and march with Susan B Anthony for women's rights. ( )
  mloya | Feb 18, 2016 |
Woman's rights have come a long way and we are still not where it needs to be. Girls school age and on can relate to this book and understand the history of where they are now. The book is a perfect teaching tool, for the admendents or just suffrage in general. A must read for all students. The illustrations paired with the book are perfect to caught the emotion going on at this time. ( )
  jaelynculliford | Nov 26, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. This is a very important story that many children should read, especially young girls. It talks about a few of the things that Susan B. Anthony did for women's rights. The story is told from a young girl's perspective. Many young readers will be able to relate to this story because young girl's were not able to attend school. Most families thought that only their sons should be able to get an education. Being a female myself, I can't imagine not being able to get an education just because of my sex. I would read this to a class when discussing women's rights, or the amendments. ( )
  jpons | Nov 19, 2014 |
Although this is not a book that I would voluntarily read or be interested in, I think it is a great historical text. To begin with, I like that towards the last few pages of the book, the author Claire Rudolf Murphy added a couple pages about what the entire storyline is about and extra information that could help the reader either before or after reading the book. “Marching with Aunt Susan is based on actual events in the 1896 campaign… The story is my chance to march with Aunt Susan and to thank her, Bessie, Aunt Mary, and the hundreds of thousands of women who won the vote for me and for you.” The next reason why I think it is a good book is because it takes a very historical period of time in the past and creates a wonderful story that can take you through the past to learn what was going on. It represents the struggles of women suffrage back in the day and the difficulties that women and girls had to overcome. “Men decide everything. They even decide if we should get to vote. Men decide how the children are raised. Men decide how the household money is spent.” Lastly, I liked this book because of the colorful and beautiful illustrations that are water-colored on each page. I think that the colors and the illustrations enhance the story as well. The main idea of this book is to learn about the campaign for women's suffrage and how Susan B. Anthony played a huge role in it. Bessie the main character of the book realizes that there are a lot of things that girls cannot do that boys can, such as hiking and voting, and although suffrage did not succeed, the book ends on a happy and hopeful note with a symbol of freedom! ( )
  margan1 | Oct 12, 2014 |
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This historical fiction picture book focuses on one particular incident of Susan B. Anthony pushing for women's suffrage in 1896 California.  Taken from the journal of a young girl named Bessie who met and worked for the cause along side her Aunt, this picture book could engage students learning about voting.  It’s a wonderful lead in to talking about Election Day!  At the end of the book comes a series of add-on’s including Susan B. Anthony’s biography and a short history of the women’s suffrage movement.  Provided is a link to some primary resources related to the women’s suffrage movement: www.herstoryscrapbook.com
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Not allowed to go hiking with her father and brothers because she is a girl, Bessie learns about women's rights when she attends a suffrage rally led by Susan B. Anthony.

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