In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was tried for voting in the presidential election near her home in Rochester, New York. She justified her vote using the first of the strategies that suffragists would employ: the Constitution itself, and notably the newly enacted Fourteenth Amendment. The press took sides in the trial and over the issue of woman’s suffrage itself.


Read Anthony’s response to Judge Hunt at the end of her trial in 1872, and answer the questions in the boxes below.

Optional: Read Susan B. Anthony’s “Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?” speech here. After you read the speech, you may want to hear it performed here.



“The Trial of Susan B. Anthony.” The Pensacola Journal. Nov. 30, 1914. Library of Congress


Annotate this Image

Directions: Analyze the Daily Graphic’s illustration of Susan B. Anthony, utilizing the magnifier to help you. Then use the annotation tool to take notes on the following questions:

  1. Which details of Susan B. Anthony’s costume and demeanor did the cartoonist use to attack her?
  2. Which types of “women’s work” are the men to the right of Anthony doing?
  3. What is the profession of the woman to the left of Anthony?
  4. What events appear to be taking place in the background?
  5. What is the main message of the illustration and how does the artist convey it?

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Source: “The Woman Who Dared” by Thomas Wust. The Daily Graphic. June 5, 1873. Library of Congress

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