MOTHER, AUNT SUSAN, AND ME: The First Fight for Women's Rights by William Jay Jacobs

MOTHER, AUNT SUSAN, AND ME: The First Fight for Women's Rights

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mother is Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Aunt Susan is Susan B. Anthony (not really an aunt); and ""me"" is 16-year-old Harriot Stanton whose voice Jacobs simulates in this pale portrait of the two women's rights leaders and their work. The device of using Harriot as narrator doesn't add much immediacy when she merely recalls hearing anecdotes about her brothers' everyday escapades, or when she mentions a meeting that mother organized in Seneca Falls ""eight years before I was born."" Elsewhere Harriot tells about some of her mother's beliefs, about the newspaper the two women put out, and about their almost successful campaign for women's voting rights in Kansas. The account of Aunt Susan's trial for voting, though also second-hand, has more detail. But overall, about the best you can say about Jacobs' presentation is that it's accessible.

Pub Date: Aug. 7th, 1979
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan