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Disturber of Tradition: A Portrait of Anna Gardner

SKU: 22132


Anna Gardner (1816–1901) was a Nantucket edu­cator, writer, abolitionist, and suffragist. A lifelong advocate of justice, she worked tirelessly toward her vision of an equitable society. A co-organizer of the 1841 Nantucket Anti-Slavery Convention, the first teacher and principal of the Jefferson School for freedmen in Charlottesville, Va., and among the first women to vote on Nantucket, Gardner engaged in movements locally, regionally, and nationally throughout the nineteenth century. Her story shows that societal change is possible at the ground level when everyday people put their principles into action.

In this first full-length biography, writer Barbara Ann White draws on extensive new research, providing the most compre­hensive account of Gardner’s life to date and contex­tualizing it within a period of enormous change in both education and civil rights.

By Barbara Ann White

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.56 inches
  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Publisher: Nantucket Historical Association (2020)