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Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906). Abolitionist, Educational Reformer, Labor Activist, Temperance Worker, Suffragist, Women's Rights Campaigner. Photo courtesy Susan B. Anthony House

Seedbed of Ideas

The Genesee region has produced intellectuals and free thinkers in all walks of life. Susan B. Anthony, champion of women's rights, lived here. Frederick Douglass published his abolitionist paper, The North Star, in Rochester. Fellow reformer Amy Kirby Post and her husband made their home a stop on the Underground Railroad to aid thousands of runaway slaves. Antoinette Brown Blackwell was the first officially ordained female minister in the United States, and Kate Gleason was the first woman to enter Cornell University's engineering program and be elected to full membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Rochester's United Way, originally called Community Chest, was the first in the nation. Concern for the rights of all human beings informed the local intellectual and social climate during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Originally submitted by: Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Representative (28th District).



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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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