Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coming Up: Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible

In cooperation with the Merrimack Historical Society, we will present "Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible" on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 pm. Sally Matson (pictured here) will portray the famous suffragette and abolitionist in a one-woman play. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Visit Sally Matson's website.

While we usually think of Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1909) as a crusader for women's rights, she began her activism at age 16 by collecting anti-slavery petitions in defiance of Congress's "gag rule" prohibiting such petitions from being introduced in its chambers. (Did you hear Richard Cooke as John Quincy Adams here on October 19? He spoke eloquently against the "gag rule" as well.) By age 29, she was involved in the temperance movement. By her mid-30's, she was traversing the country with Elizabeth Cady Stanton giving talks and spreading the cry of equal rights for women. For 45 years, she gave 75 to 100 speeches a year. Though she didn't live to see passage of the 19th amendment affirming women's suffrage, her tireless efforts for civil rights paved the way for the disenfranchised and oppressed.

This program is likely to fill to capacity, so registration is advised by going to www.tinyurl.com/mmkpl1109 (this is the fastest way to register), emailing mmkpl@merrimack.lib.nh.us, or calling 424-5021.

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