Susan B. Anthony
Mother of the Aquarian Age & Beyond
Part II: The Fiercest of Friends
Susan B. Anthony was a woman of many firsts – such as being the first woman from American History to be added to its currency in the 20th century
2017 was a rough year for Susan B. Anthony and her closest colleagues. Both she and one of her contemporaries made recent news at that time with both civil rights pioneers emerging from the same source – the President. It appears the nation’s current leader isn’t too well versed in American History, given during Black History Month in February of 2017 he referred to the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass in the present tense and also presumed he had White House security clearance. A little over a month later during Women’s History Month in March of 2017 at a women’s empowerment panel at the White House, the President asked the attending audience “Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?” then replied directly into his microphone “I’m shocked you’ve heard of her.”
Given the President’s not-to-be-believed historical ignorance, it’s safe to assume the man probably wasn’t also aware of the fact that Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass were not only both Aquarians, they were the fiercest of friends.
Returning to more historically pertinent matters…..
Susan B. Anthony, THE Rebel of Female Equality
Just like at the present time, 1872 was a Presidential election year. November 5th was Voting Day that year and Susan B. Anthony was determined to state her case as a U.S. citizen by being allowed to partake in the national vote. Anthony and 14 other women registered to vote on November 1st. This surprisingly took place due to Anthony stating she would personally sue if their group was not allowed to do so. On November 5th in a barber shop in Rochester, New York the women cast their votes for the Republican incumbent Ulysses S. Grant.
On November 28th, all 15 women were arrested and jailed along with the registrars and election inspectors who approved the ladies’ registrations along with those who accepted their voting ballots.
Of the women who were jailed, nearly all of them were released after paying $500 bail. Nearly all, that is except Susan B. Anthony who refused to pay.
Anthony later admitted she never thought she would have been allowed to register, let alone vote, but never did she consider the possibility of being taken into custody either. When told her bail was $500, Anthony was outraged.
Released from jail based upon swearing to appear in court, Anthony then gave public speeches in every town within Monroe County, New York, the district where her trial was to be held and jurors were to be selected. Her speech was entitled “Is it a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?”.
Anthony was then informed her trial would be moved to the federal circuit court in neighboring Ontario County to which she redirected course and publicly spoke throughout that area before the trial commenced.
And when it did commence in June of 1873, the federal trial of United States vs. Susan B. Anthony made national news.
The federal judge, Ward Hart had recently been appointed to the Supreme Court but had never served as a trial judge, making the case at hand of “illegal voting” his very first to preside over.
The case was technically a trial by jury, despite the jury being comprised entirely of men and they, in turn, all being directed by the judge before the trial to provide a guilty verdict.
Ms. Anthony was informed by Justice Hart that since her case was a criminal trial, she was not allowed to speak until the verdict had been delivered.
The trial lasted three days in all. After both sides had deliberated on the second day, the judge provided his opinion about the case which was lengthily written out by hand. With another day left to go, Justice Hart had given clear indication that not only was he delivering his final opinion before a verdict had been reached by the jury, but that he had already determined the trial before it had even concluded.
On the third and final day of the trial, Susan B. Anthony was found guilty of illegal voting and was imposed a fine of $100. The judge then asked the criminal found guilty if she had anything to say to the court.
As a matter of fact, she did.
Here it must be mentioned that if there was one thing Susan B. Anthony had become more than accustomed to were men trying to deter/interrupt/stop/overtalk her while she was in the midst of delivering a public speech. Between being cut off after barely starting a speech she had prepared for the New York State Teachers’ Association to being physically barred from taking the stage at a national Temperance convention, Anthony was a seasoned pro at giving public speeches, no matter how tense the atmosphere or difficult the circumstances. One could almost feel the slightest bit of pity for the Pandora’s Box the judge with not an ounce of trial experience had unknowingly opened.
Standing fully upright, Susan B. Anthony proceeded to speak in what’s been described by Women’s Movement historian Ann D. Gordon as “the most famous speech in the history of the agitation for women’s suffrage” by lambasting the court with her defiant fury. Referring to the trial as “this high-handed outrage upon my citizen’s rights” Anthony then turned to the jury stating “you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored”. She then turned to Justice Hart saying he had denied her a trial by jury since those selected were not her peers given the fact that among its jurors not one woman could be found .
Judge Hart repeatedly tried to prevent Ms. Anthony from talking any further by demanding she be seated which only resulted in his protests becoming ever more hysterically shrill and falling on deaf ears as Susan Anthony’s words became louder and slower, with her impromptu speech becoming even more infused with impassioned resolve.
Speaking until she felt satisfied to stop, the closing words of the criminal found guilty ended with her openly stating before the court:
“I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.”
To which she kept her sworn promise.
Despite the trial of “United States vs. Susan B. Anthony” bringing women’s suffrage into the collective consciousness of the United States, another 48 years would pass before American women would be given the right to vote.
Aquarius – The Fiercest of Friends: Susan B, Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton
For a thing as massive as societal reform to be successfully enacted, it cannot be achieved single-handedly. Bonds must be made. Alliances must be formed. Or in the case of the American Women’s Movement, Friendships must be forged.
From a personal perspective, the most important relationship for those born beneath the sign of the Water Bearer that reigns above all others is the bond of Friendship.
Friendship is something the typical Aquarian takes very seriously. Becoming BFF’s with an Aquarius right away or overnight is not a possibility. One must earn an Aquarian’s friendship. And should that be accomplished, it’s understood the Aquarius will be your trusted and loyally devoted friend now and for the duration of your life
The Movement for Women’s Rights in this country didn’t come about solely through the efforts of just one solitary Aquarian. Women became an integral part of America’s core civil rights mainly through the hard work of one solitary Aquarian and that solitary Aquarian’s best friend.
In other words, Women’s Suffrage in the United States came about as a direct result from the tireless labors made by two women who together were the fiercest of friends – Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s bond of friendship lasted for over 5 decades well into their elderly years with Stanton (right) writing Anthony’s (left) speeches right up until her death in 1902.
The two political activists were introduced to each other when they were both in their early 30’s and their bond of friendship lasted for over five decades until death parted them. They met under a common purpose both were devoted towards – the abolition of slavery. Realizing the majority of their energies needed to be redirected towards women’s suffrage, they then became a working team unlike any other.
Their backgrounds couldn’t have been any more different. Anthony was childless and remained unmarried her entire life. Stanton was a wife and mother of seven. Anthony was a Quaker. The only religious belief Stanton subscribed to was “the solid foundation of science and reason.”
According to Katy June-Freisen in her article for The National Endowment for the Humanities Magazine entitled “Old Friends Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Made History Together” what made this famous friendship function so well as a working team was an “unfailing respect for each other, scathing honesty when one thought the other was wrong, and a commitment to take on challenges as a team.”
Their mutual need for each other’s natural strengths was apparent, as evidenced by a letter Anthony wrote to her compatriot while in California promoting the state’s women’s suffrage campaign in 1899. At that point in time Stanton’s declining health made it no longer possible for her to travel:
“Oh how I have longed for you at my side to put into your matchless sentences the words that wait the saying. . . . the two of us together being an invincible team—I feel every day—like Sampson shorn of his locks—without you.”
Stanton admired both her talent for words and her best friend’s trailblazing delivery of them when she was quoted as saying:
“I fashioned the thunderbolts and Susan fires them.”
Anthony had a business mind and a keen ability to strategize. Stanton and her “big brain” as Anthony described it, was the creative force who was a gifted orator and eloquent speech writer. Where Stanton’s time was limited with her many family engagements, Anthony incessantly traveled the country to lecture/publicly speak/agitate for the cause of women’s suffrage.
With Anthony being an Aquarius and Stanton being a Scorpio both women were “Fixed” signs, meaning neither was ever wishy-washy with their views. The Fixed signs find it nearly impossible to change their mind once a firm opinion has been reached, and thankfully for us (and them) both women shared the same set of basic principles and beliefs.
Throughout History one would be hard pressed to find such a close kinship between two individuals that yielded so much for the benefit of so many.
Spotting Utopia from Different Rose Colored Periscopes: The Friendship Between Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass
A sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass in the midst of friendly conversation while having tea that’s set in the city both Aquarians of Representation resided in, Rochester, New York.
Part One of this series mentioned how those who are meant to “represent” certain sections of the population tend to be born beneath the sign of Aquarius. I have come up with my own term to describe these exemplary Water Bearers – “Aquarians of Representation”.
Nineteenth century America is historically noteworthy not only for its key societal representatives being born beneath the sign of Aquarius but that these Aquarians of Representation also developed close bonds of friendships amongst each other.
The best example of this uniquely Aquarian bond of friendship is the one shared between the Aquarian who represented Women’s Rights, Susan B. Anthony and the Aquarian who represented Black Civil Rights, the great orator and abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass.
Being born a slave, Frederick Douglass’ birth was not officially recorded, but the American icon believed he was born in the first half of February and chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th, the day before Anthony’s.
Both he and she fervently supported each other’s cause as well as their own. They lent their support for each other by standing side by side in solidarity together at key gatherings and conventions. In fact, on the day he died Frederick Douglass sat next to Susan B. Anthony at a Women’s Rights convention just hours before his demise.
Not only was Mr. Douglass close friends with Ms. Anthony, he shared an equally special friendship with the rest of the duo that pioneered for Women’s Rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Additionally, the former slave who became the anti-slavery leader was good friends not just with America’s Female Emancipator, Frederick Douglass shared a close tie with America’s Great Emancipator and fellow Aquarian of Representation, Abraham Lincoln as well.
In his book, ”Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln” author John Stauffer describes how at the White House reception of Lincoln’s Presidential Reelection upon seeing Frederick Douglass enter the East Room, Abraham Lincoln said to a crowd of onlookers “Here comes my friend Frederick Douglass.” And upon reaching his fellow Aquarian of Representation asked, “What did you think of my inaugural address? There is no man in these United States whose opinion I value more than yours.”
With what’s been said already about the Aquarian’s passions tending to be as inflexible as they are held near and dear, what is to be done when the shared goals held by two Aquarians begin to fracture? And what if the two Aquarians in question are Aquarians of Representation?
This was the situation at hand with the passing of the 15th Amendment in 1870.
And here we arrive at a previously undiscussed trait which is thoroughly Aquarian to its core – the belief in the possibility of “Utopia”, a faraway land where every man, woman, child, unicorn, and leprechaun is treated equally.
Because of the Aquarian’s sense of egalitarianism being so staunchly inflexible, many, if not all born beneath the sign of the Water Bearer believe that Utopia could be an actual reality, someday.
Unfortunately, your author is far too jaded to ever think Utopia could belong anywhere besides its natural habitat, that being within the land of make believe.
President Lincoln was so hell bent on his Utopian vision of a “United” States, where it was “one nation….with Liberty and Justice for all”, he was willing to fulfill it at any cost even if that meant the country destroying itself through civil war. The Aquarian was also willing to overlook key details which he thought could be worked out at a later time, such as his Emancipation Proclamation claiming that slaves were hereby free (except those slaves which resided in Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, Tennessee and various excluded counties of Virginia).
Sometimes it’s the thought and not the details behind the thought that counts…
In the years that followed the country’s near self destruction from civil war, the government had to grapple with the fact that a significant portion of America’s population was now no longer enslaved. The problem was addressed with the proposal of the Constitution’s 15th Amendment It stated that the federal government or any of its states were prohibited from denying its citizens the right to vote based on their “race, color, or previous condition of servitude”, basically giving former slaves suffrage. The only catch was the 15th Amendment applied only to “male” citizens, in particular black “men” who were former slaves being granted the right to vote.
Upon realizing that former black female slaves were not included in the Amendment’s wording along with black women not even being considered as proper citizens, Susan B. Anthony became incensed and was having none of it. Not only did she not support the bill, the pioneer for women’s rights sought to have it defeated, much to the incredulous shock of Frederick Douglass, who claimed the time at hand was “the Negro’s hour”.
Anthony was so inflexibly unwilling for black men to be granted their basic rights before women she brazenly stated:
“I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.”
The two Aquarians were so enraged by each other’s “traitorous” actions, they fought a war of words by staging a public debate at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with each presenting how their side was most at risk by the continuation of being treated as the property of white men.
Ironically, both agreed the country would never allow for suffrage to be granted to both to blacks and women at the same time, hence Ms. Anthony’s Utopian vision of universalist suffrage hindered far more than helped.
Douglass and Anthony would never agree on the matter which caused a serious rift for years that followed, but their bond of Aquarian friendship outlasted all differences in the end.
So much so, Ms. Anthony alluded by omission to the error of her Utopian ways when she said the following about her fellow Aquarian of Representation while delivering the eulogy at Frederick Douglass’ funeral:
“Forty years after the fact, he looked back with pride on his role in passing the pro-suffrage resolution….“When I ran away from slavery, it was for myself; when I advocated emancipation, it was for my people, but when I stood up for the rights of women, self was out of the question, and I found a little nobility in the act.”
Perhaps this could explain why people in this modern Age of Aquarius are being asked whether they know who she was along with others believing his lasting presence still exists in the present day.
*Brad Kronen has written a variety of books with most focusing on Astrology along with the role Astrology plays in various historic events. Kronen has also authored two books of historical non-fiction, the most recent of which can be seen below entitled, “The Controversial Life of Pius XII, The Wartime Pope” which can be purchased at amazon.com. For more information click on the link below: