Learning Exercise

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a leader in the movement to get women the right to vote. She was placed on trial because of her efforts. This site examines the issues and outcomes of this trial.

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Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Trial of Susan B. Anthony." READ "The Anthony Trial: An Account" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Who was Susan B. Anthony?, 2. Why was she on trial?, 3. What was the staus of the women's suffrage movement at the time of the trial?, 4. Name the principal witnesses who argued for and against Susan B. Anthony, 5. What were the arguements for each one named in question 4?, 6. Why did Susan B. Anthony petition Congress?, 7. What did the Supreme Court say on the subject of women's rights?, 8. What was the trial verdict?, 9. Was the trial fair?, 10. Did Susan B. Anthony live to see women get the vote?, 11. Did Anthony's struggle help or hinder the suffrage movement? Explain.

Technical Notes





Women's Rights; Susan B. Anthony; Suffrage Movement.

Learning Objectives

To examine the status of the women's suffrage movement in the 19th century.