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The Taxing Case of the Cows Almost Years After The American Revolution, Abby And Julia Smith Were Fighting Against Taxation Without Representation Women Hadn T Been Given The Vote, And The Smith Sisters Refused To Pay An Unfair Property Tax That They Had No Voice In Establishing When The Authorities Confiscated Their Cows, The Smiths Bought Them Back At Auction, Thus Paying What They Owed Without Paying Their Taxes The Cows Were Seized At Tax Time For A Number Of Years, And The Smiths S Stand Attracted The Attention Of Women S Suffrage Supporters Across The Country Lively, Carefully Researched Illustrations Bring This Historical Episode Vividly To Life


10 thoughts on “The Taxing Case of the Cows

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    I ve read a lot about women s history in the U.S., but I d never heard of Julia and Abby Smith until I read this book The two elderly sisters owned a farm in Connecticut, and the book tells about what happened when the local government tried to tax them unfairly ie, take advantage of the fact that they were women What I really like is the fact that everything the sisters did to fight back was within the law They didn t resort to some of the illegal tactics used by the town leaders They ado I ve read a lot about women s history in the U.S., but I d never heard of Julia and Abby Smith until I read this book The two elderly sisters owned a farm in Connecticut, and the book tells about what happened when the local government tried to tax them unfairly ie, take advantage of the fact that they were women What I really like is the fact that everything the sisters did to fight back was within the law They didn t resort to some of the illegal tactics used by the town leaders They adopted the motto from the American Revolution, Taxation without representation, as theirs, because this was 1874, and the women couldn t vote on the taxes that were being levied upon them Fortunately, it didn t go as badly as it could have for the ladies, because most of the townspeople sided with them and helped when they could I was especially pleased to read that the cows taken in lieu of taxes from the sisters refused to let anyone else milk them Good going, girls While this book may be of primary interest in kids in Connecticut, it s a good story for all kids to read, especially girls


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    The Taxing Case of the Cows A true story about Suffrage Pegi Shea 2010Genre Non fictionFormat picture bookPlot summary In the 1800s, Abby and Julia Smith refused to pay an unfair property tax that they had no voice in establishing When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, year after year, attracting the attention of women s suffrage supporters across the country.Considerations discussion of political movements and gender roles Section source The Taxing Case of the Cows A true story about Suffrage Pegi Shea 2010Genre Non fictionFormat picture bookPlot summary In the 1800s, Abby and Julia Smith refused to pay an unfair property tax that they had no voice in establishing When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, year after year, attracting the attention of women s suffrage supporters across the country.Considerations discussion of political movements and gender roles Section source School Library JournalRecommended age 6 8


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    Abby and Julia Smith of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were independent elderly ladies who ran their own farm, raising cows, and seemingly minding their own business, until 1869, when the town elders all men decided to raise taxes on single female landowners only Abby insisted that they should have the right to vote on a decision that affected them taxation without representation they cried, much like their revolutionary war ancestors a hundred years earlier But Abby and Julia not only didn Abby and Julia Smith of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were independent elderly ladies who ran their own farm, raising cows, and seemingly minding their own business, until 1869, when the town elders all men decided to raise taxes on single female landowners only Abby insisted that they should have the right to vote on a decision that affected them taxation without representation they cried, much like their revolutionary war ancestors a hundred years earlier But Abby and Julia not only didn t have the right to vote, they didn t even have the right to speak up in a town meeting Their case became a cause celebre among women s rights advocates, and was written up in newspapers around the country.The book provides a rather detailed account of the legal maneuvering, including the town taking the sisters cows for collateral on their owed taxes to a neighbors farm, with the cows resisting every step of the way The sisters sued when the town took away their land for non payment, and eventually won their case on appeal They toured the country, giving speeches and writing about women s rights Sadly, they did not live long enough to see Congress pass the 19th amendment in 1920.This book is attractively illustrated with Caldecott winning illustrator Emily McCully s signature watercolors, which lend a nostalgic feel to the story Although this is a picture book, I would recommend this for older elementary school students 3rd through 6th grade , because of the relatively lengthy text and complexity of the story It would be a terrific read aloud for women s history month for the classroom or at home, and could provoke a good discussion of the evolution of women s rights


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    There is so much little known history in our typical US History education, so much that is brushed over This book helps fill out the lesser developed and long fight for women s suffrage What pluck and gumption these two sisters had and how unfairly they were treated for a long time by the town s leaders Yet also, how much they were largely supported by the majority of their neighbors An excellent read aloud for Women s History Month or any other time of the year of course as it complemen There is so much little known history in our typical US History education, so much that is brushed over This book helps fill out the lesser developed and long fight for women s suffrage What pluck and gumption these two sisters had and how unfairly they were treated for a long time by the town s leaders Yet also, how much they were largely supported by the majority of their neighbors An excellent read aloud for Women s History Month or any other time of the year of course as it complements the bigger picture that most of think we know It is reassuring to see that the fight for women s suffrage began long before the 19th amendment was passed, which is when most history texts deal with the issue It is so glaringly obvious even today, as it was when the book takes place, that the Smiths are victims of taxation without representation that even a child can grasp the concept The author succeeds, in this teacher librarian s opinion, in distilling down what could be a dry and prone to cliche story, into a compelling and well explained story The illustrations complement nicely as well


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    The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage details the life of Abby and Julia Smith and their strides towards making women s suffrage a reality The cows in this story were used as a bargaining chip by the community to stifle the Smith sisters pleas for their right to vote Abby and Julia Smith did their part in making women s suffrage a reality and their contribution to this monumental feat is elegantly told in The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage.This book co The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage details the life of Abby and Julia Smith and their strides towards making women s suffrage a reality The cows in this story were used as a bargaining chip by the community to stifle the Smith sisters pleas for their right to vote Abby and Julia Smith did their part in making women s suffrage a reality and their contribution to this monumental feat is elegantly told in The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage.This book could be used around election time in the classroom to show how far the nation has come from where it once is It can be used to reinforce the idea that the right to vote is not a right that should be taken lightly and that we as Americans need to exercise and respect our right to vote.The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage did a great job of sharing facts while maintaining the reader s attention The author shined a light on a pair of sisters who, until I read this book, knew nothing about The Smith sisters were influential in the story of women s suffrage and I appreciate this new found respect I have for all women who fought for their right to vote


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    One of those books that might be overlooked but I hope is not The story of two elderly sisters in 1869 who found they were going to be unfairly taxed by their Connecticut town The next years brought endless attempts by the town to thwart these valiant sisters who fought for the rights they should have had but of course, at that time, did not Children may find it surprising that women did not have the right to vote until 1920 and this story of two heroic women who refused to cave to injustic One of those books that might be overlooked but I hope is not The story of two elderly sisters in 1869 who found they were going to be unfairly taxed by their Connecticut town The next years brought endless attempts by the town to thwart these valiant sisters who fought for the rights they should have had but of course, at that time, did not Children may find it surprising that women did not have the right to vote until 1920 and this story of two heroic women who refused to cave to injustice, as well as the resourceful way their neighbors tried to help them, should be in every school library and children s public libraries


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    Paving the way for future suffragettes, Abby and Julia Smith of Glastonbury, Connecticut, spoke out and spoke out loudly about the injustice of taxation without representation In 1869, town leaders decided to unfairly tax the sisters when the they neededmoney Their outspoken rants gathered the townspeople to their side, and although taxation and voting laws were not changed in their lifetime, they paved the way for the suffrage movement in 1920 The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story Paving the way for future suffragettes, Abby and Julia Smith of Glastonbury, Connecticut, spoke out and spoke out loudly about the injustice of taxation without representation In 1869, town leaders decided to unfairly tax the sisters when the they neededmoney Their outspoken rants gathered the townspeople to their side, and although taxation and voting laws were not changed in their lifetime, they paved the way for the suffrage movement in 1920 The Taxing Case of the Cows A True Story About Suffrage is a true story full of historical facts, interesting personalities, and colorful illustrations


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    We often under appreciate how long reform can take The fight for women s suffrage was waged on many levels The picture book The Taxing Case of the Cows tells of two sisters that in 19th century Glastonbury, CT who were subject to extra taxes on their farms due to being single female landowners The Smith sisters instead of accepting this unfair tax challenged it for many years through demonstrations, speeches, law suits and the support of many in Glastonbury Living in DC I loved their message We often under appreciate how long reform can take The fight for women s suffrage was waged on many levels The picture book The Taxing Case of the Cows tells of two sisters that in 19th century Glastonbury, CT who were subject to extra taxes on their farms due to being single female landowners The Smith sisters instead of accepting this unfair tax challenged it for many years through demonstrations, speeches, law suits and the support of many in Glastonbury Living in DC I loved their message about Taxation Without Representation fundamentally against the character of this country So much available in this book suffrage, taxation, civil disobedience, role of the courts


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    This story was incredibly interesting and informative With vivid watercolors, the story shows how two sisters in the 1800s were able to challenge their local patriarchal government and overturn an unfair law that allowed taxation on single women, without the right to vote The story shows the women rallying for support from their community, and eventually winning the case Their cows are given a role as activists as well, making this historical account a fun story This would be a great text to This story was incredibly interesting and informative With vivid watercolors, the story shows how two sisters in the 1800s were able to challenge their local patriarchal government and overturn an unfair law that allowed taxation on single women, without the right to vote The story shows the women rallying for support from their community, and eventually winning the case Their cows are given a role as activists as well, making this historical account a fun story This would be a great text to illustrates the power of activism, and working for ones rights in hopes of equality


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    Done in a picture book style, the author does a great job of showing two ladies that did big things back in the day Two spinster sisters find themselves being discriminated against by their town council when it comes to paying their taxes The two sisters end up losing their beloved cows to pay off their taxes but keep fighting back Based on a true story, this is a great book to show young readers how times have changed and now everyone has the right to vote for their voice.


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