The agitators, three friends who fought for abolition and women's rights, Dorothy Wickenden
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  • The agitators, three friends who fought for abolition and women's rights, Dorothy Wickenden
Main title
  • The agitators
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  • three friends who fought for abolition and women's rights
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  • Dorothy Wickenden
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  • In the 1850s, Harriet Tubman, strategically brilliant and uncannily prescient, rescued some seventy enslaved people from Maryland's Eastern Shore and shepherded them north along the underground railroad. One of her regular stops was Auburn, New York, where she entrusted passengers to Martha Coffin Wright, a Quaker mother of seven, and Frances A. Seward, the wife of William H. Seward, who served over the years as governor, senator, and secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union Army in South Carolina as a nurse and spy, and took part in a spectacular river raid in which she helped to liberate 750 slaves from several rice plantations. Wright, a 'dangerous woman' in the eyes of her neighbors, worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to organize women's rights and anti-slavery conventions across New York State, braving hecklers and mobs when she spoke. Frances Seward, the most conventional of the three friends, hid her radicalism in public, while privately acting as a political adviser to her husband, pressing him to persuade President Lincoln to move immediately on emancipation. The Agitators opens in the 1820s, when Tubman is enslaved and Wright and Seward are young homemakers bound by law and tradition, and ends after the war. Man of the most prominent figures of the era--Lincoln, William H. Seward, Frederick Douglass, Daniel Webster, Charles Sumner, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison--are seen through the discerning eyes of the protagonists. So are the most explosive political debates: about the civil rights of African Americans and women, about the enlistment of Black troops, and about opposing interpretations of the Constitution. Through richly detailed letters from the time and exhaustive research, Wickenden traces the second American revolution these women fought to bring about, the toll it took on their families, and its lasting effects on the country. Riveting and profoundly relevant to our own time, The Agitators brings a vibrant, original voice to this transformative period in our history
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  • 1231933600
Table of contents
  • Part one: Provocations (1821-1852) -- A Nantucket inheritance (1833-1843) -- A young lady of means (1824-1837) -- Escape from Maryland (1822-1849) -- The Freeman trial (1846) -- Dangerous women (1848-1849) -- Frances goes to Washington (1848-1850) -- Martha speaks (1850-1852) -- Part two: Uprisings (1851-1860) -- Frances joins the railroad (1851-1852) -- Reading Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852-1853) -- Harriet Tubman's Maryland crusade (1851-1857) -- The race to the territory (1854) -- Bleeding Kansas, bleeding summer (1854-1856) -- Frances sells Harriet a house (1857-1859) -- Martha leads (1854-1860) -- General Tubman goes to Boston (1858-1860) -- The agitators (1860) -- Part three: War -- "No compromise" (1861) -- A nation on fire (1861-1862) -- "God's ahead of Master Lincoln" (1862) -- Battle hymns (1862) -- Harriet's war (1863) -- Willy Wright at Gettysburg (March-July 1863) -- A mighty army of women (1863-1864) -- Daughters and sons (1864) -- Part four: Rights (1864-1875) -- E pluribus unum (1864-1865) -- Retribution (1865) -- Civil disobedience (1865) -- Wrongs and rights (1865-1875)
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