Angelica Shirley Carpenter; BORN CRIMINAL; South Dakota Historical Society Press (Children's: Young Adult Nonfiction) 19.95 ISBN: 9781941813188
Byline: Mya Alexice
Angelica Shirley Carpenter's Born Criminal skillfully fills in the history of an activist erased from history.
While nineteenth-century women's suffrage movements often saw elite white women fighting for their rights and no one else's, key members of the movement were fairly intersectional. Matilda Joslyn Gage, the subject of Born Criminal, was one such leader.
Gage grew up in a stop on the Underground Railroad, coming into contact with slaves, abolitionists, and radicals from a young age. This experience shaped her, and allowed her to develop a more inclusive worldview than some of her contemporaries. Susan B. Anthony, whom history credits for being a pioneer of women's rights, had notoriously racist and classist views; Gage, who is barely recognized in textbooks and other nonfiction material, pushed for the rights of all women.
Born Criminal tracks Gage's life from...