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Anthony, Susan B., et al.

PHOTOS: Two photographs: cand SBA with family, in Adams, MA.

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The Woman's Rights Movement, 1896
Two Imporant Photos Taken at SBA's Homestead
[Anthony, Susan B.]. Photograph: Susan B. Anthony with Suffrage Leaders, Adams, MA, 1896.  
9.5 x 7.75"; mounted to 11 x 13.5"; unmarked. Framed.
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Photograph: Susan B. Anthony with Family Members, Adams, MA, 1896.  
9.5 x 7.75"; mounted to 11 x 13.5"; photographer's imprint: "Parsons." Framed.
Two important photos documenting those present at a gathering at her family homestead in Adams, Massachusetts, in 1896. A year of mixed results: though woman suffrage was passed in Idaho, it failed to achieve sufficient votes at the California polls, despite the fact that Anthony had spent eight months campaigning in that state.
The first photo, on the original mount, was taken on the front porch of the family homestead in Adams, Massachusetts. Seated around Anthony are ten fellow suffragettes including Alice Stone Blackwell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida A. Husted Harper, as well as the following:
Laura Clay: daughter of famed anti-slavery activist Cassius M. Clay, and co-founder in 1888 of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association.
Anna Howard Shaw: the first female Methodist minister in the United States, a close confidant of Anthony, head of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1904 to 1915, and later a leader of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Annie Kennedy Bidwell: wealthy supporter of woman's and temperance causes, and wife of the 1892 Prohibition candidate.
Rachel Foster Avery: corresponding secretary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association during the 1890s.
The remaining two women are believed to Winfred Harper and Mary Hayes.
The second photo, taken on the same day-Anthony is wearing the same dress in both-includes the "dowager Empress" with twenty-five family members. It bears a contemporary pencil notation on the reverse of the mat identifying one of those pictured as Anthony's younger brother, Daniel Reed Anthony. It also notes that her family descended from John Anthony, who came from England in 1634 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Photographic documentation of the Woman Suffrage Movement is rare. These are the finest photographic artifacts of the early woman's rights movement we have come across, and are among the most significant on record.
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