So yes, I know I talked a few days ago about Molly being amazing, but as far as I’m concerned Samantha is the best American Girl and the reason I ever considered political activism to be something I could be involved in.
We meet Samantha in 1904 and quickly learn that despite her extreme privileged (she is being raided by her wealthy grandmother in a home that has servants) she is *almost* unfailing kind, willing to stick up for the underdog, and curious about the world around her. She also uses the courage born of privilege to get into some pretty dangerous situations to help her friends.
Last, and probably least, Samantha also has the most enviable wardrobe of all the American Girls. I was often jealous of her cute clothes as a child, but as an adult I can see that she really looked so fabulous because Jessie worked her butt off till make sure she (Samantha) looked good.
I like to imagine Samantha growing up and actively participating in securing the right to vote, eventually for all women, and campaigning for changes in child labor laws and improved workplace safety standards.