20030302.doc - “The Real Value of a Susan B Anthony Dollar” A Sermon by Rev Chris Buice delivered on March 2 2003 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian

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“The Real Value of a Susan B. Anthony Dollar” A Sermon by Rev. Chris Buice delivered on March 2, 2003 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church few years ago my wife Suzanne was going to the bookstore so I asked her to pick up a book for me. The book was called, “Susan B Anthony: Biography of a Singular Feminist” by Kathleen Barry. Once at the store Suzanne asked a clerk to help her find this book for her husband. The shop clerk was surprised when she heard the title. She said, “This is a book your HUSBAND wants to read!?” A March is Women’s History Month and contrary to the opinion of at least one sales clerk women’s history can and should be of interest to both women and men. Another book I have enjoyed even more is called, “Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words” edited by Lynn Sherr. This book contains a series of excerpts from the letters and speeches of Susan B. Anthony and offers tremendous insight into her character and beliefs. I am going to draw heavily from this book today. As much as possible I want Susan B. Anthony to be the real preacher this morning. Most people today know of Susan B. Anthony because of the Susan B. Anthony dollar. Unfortunately, the coin never did catch on. Production of the coin was stopped in the 1980’s. Although, the coin is still in circulation we don’t see it very much. Why is that? Why did the Susan B. Anthony coin not catch on? Was it because the coin looked too much like a quarter (making it possible to inadvertently pay three dollars for a soda from the machine?) Or could it be that the people of our country just don’t appreciate the value of this remarkable woman? Could it be that our fellow citizens don’t understand the real value of the Susan B. Anthony dollar? Having your face on U.S. currency is a real honor. I think Susan B. Anthony might be surprised to see her face on the coin. After all she was vilified in her lifetime. She often had to suffer what she called “the slings and arrows of outrageous journalism.” She was denounced from the pulpit, ostracized and even on occasion burned in effigy. She was considered a radical and sometimes found herself on the other side of the law. In 1872 Susan B Anthony was arrested, put on trial and convicted for a crime. Her crime
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THE REAL VALUEOF A SUSAN B. ANTHONY DOLLAR A Sermon by Rev. Chris Buice was voting in a presidential election. At the time it was illegal for women to vote. Anthony voted as a deliberate act of civil disobedience. A court convicted her and she protested the conviction. Judge Hunt told her that she had been tried according to established law. She replied, “Yes your honor, but by forms of law all made by men, interpreted by men, administered by men, in favor of men, and against women; and hence your honor’s ordered verdict of guilty.” The Judge then pronounced that Anthony would be fined $100. Susan B.
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