The Trial of Susan B. Anthony

An Illegal Vote, a Courtroom Conviction and a Step Toward Women’s Suffrage


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About the Book

Following a public argument with her friend Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony altered her strategy of seeking a broad range of rights for women and blacks and focused exclusively on winning the vote for women. Defying state and federal law, she voted in the presidential election of 1872, and was arrested and tried in a case presided over by a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ward Hunt, who directed the jury to deliver a guilty verdict. Fined $100, Anthony defiantly told the judge she would never pay—and never did.
This is the story of the landmark trial that attracted worldwide attention and made Anthony into the iconic leader of the women’s rights movement.

About the Author(s)

Martin Naparsteck has published two novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of writing advice. He writes fulltime and lives in Rochester, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Martin Naparsteck
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7885-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1757-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix
Preface  1
Introduction  5
1. The Motivation  9
2. Planning the Crime  31
3. The Crime  51
4. The Speech  86
5. The Trial  107
6. The Trial of the Inspectors  147
7. The Wages of Crime  182
Appendix A: Indictment in the Case of United States vs. Susan B. Anthony  203
Appendix B: Supreme Court Ruling in Minor Case  206
Chapter Notes  215
Bibliography  223
Index  229