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The Making of America: Susan B. Anthony | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | June 13, 2019

The Making of America- Susan B. AnthonyThe Making of America: Susan B. Anthony

Written by Teri Kanefield

Age Range: 10-14

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Abrams Books (2019)

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3401-4

What to Expect: Civil Rights Activism, Women’s Rights.

It can be easy to think of inequality as a problem of the past: after all, we know better now than to think that women, or people of color, or those who speak another language are inferior and deserving of less, don’t we?  Sadly, modern politics and media tell us otherwise: racism and xenophobia remain huge issues in modern American society, and despite over a hundred years of activism and reform, women continue to earn less, have fewer opportunities, and to be celebrated less than men, and to suffer from abuse and restrictions.  Susan B. Anthony, part of The Making of American series from Abrams Books, offers hope by showing us how the perseverance and determination of a single individual can make a huge difference, even where the odds are stacked impossibly high.

Biographical in nature, Teri Kanefield traces the life of this remarkable woman from girlhood to her death at the age of 86, focusing on her rise to become one of the most important voices in the suffragette movement.  The narrative skillfully weaves together the details of Anthony’s life with those of other important figures at the time, including Frederick Douglass, helping readers to understand how both individual heroism and collective action and community spirit helped shape and change the nation.  The volume contains an extensive notes and bibliography section at the end to facilitate further research, as well as a selection of writings by Anthony herself.  Overall, it is a volume likely to be valuable to any young person’s investigation of American history and civil rights.

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About the Author

Teri Kanefield is a lawyer and the author of The Girl from the Tar Paper School, The Extraordinary Suzy Wright, The Making of America series, and more. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Dr. Jen Harrison currently teaches writing and literature at East Stroudsburg University. She also provides freelance writing, editing, and tuition services as the founder of Read.Write.Perfect. She completed her Ph.D. in Children’s and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools. She is an editor for the peer-reviewed journal of children’s literature, Jeunesse, and publishes academic work on children’s non-fiction, YA speculative fiction, and the posthuman.

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