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An inspiring story of the fight for women’s suffrage, based on the experiences of a real girl
All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it’s 1896, and girls don’t get to hike. They can’t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women’s suffrage. Stirred to action, Bessie joins the movement and discovers that small efforts can result in small changes―and maybe even big ones.
Inspired by the diary of the real Bessie Keith Pond, a ten-year-old girl who lived in California during the suffrage campaign, author Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrator Stacey Schuett offer a thought-provoking introduction to the fight for women’s rights. A story of hope and determination, Marching with Aunt Susan reminds readers that society cannot evolve unless people―even young people―dare to take a stand.
“An inspiring and revelatory tale.”
“Schuett’s somewhat impressionistic gouache paintings effectively capture the time and place and convey the emotionally charged tenor of the campaign.”
“An excellent introduction to the women’s movement in general and Susan B. Anthony, in particular”
“Rendered in thick, forceful strokes, Schuett’s gouache paintings easily convey Bessie’s energy and Anthony’s conviction.”
About the Author
Claire Rudolf Murphy has loved history since she was a young girl; in fact she majored in it at Santa Clara University. Murphy is the author of fourteen books for children. A former middle and high school teacher, she is a member of the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Washington.
Stacey Schuett has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, many about strong leaders in American history. Some titles include Purple Mountain Majesties, Sisters of Scituate Light, and Liberty’s Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus. She lives in California.