Connections: Recently discovered Susan B. Anthony letters shed new light on the suffrage movement
Imagine cleaning out your attic or basement and accidentally stumbling upon an important piece of history. That's what happened to a couple in Connecticut. When Libbie and George Merrow discovered a crate full of old letters, pamphlets, and photographs in their barn, they were surprised to learn they had uncovered an archive of the suffrage movement. The collection includes letters from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Isabella Beecher Hooker, a suffragist and the half-sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The University of Rochester acquired the collection -- one that some have called the biggest discovery of its kind in decades. We talk about the significance of the materials, how they impact scholarship, and what we can learn about Susan B. Anthony from her letters. Our guests: