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Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Agitators
Dorothy Wickenden
Dorothy Wickenden
Nothing Daunted and The Agitators

From the executive editor of The New Yorker, Dorothy Wickenden, comes a riveting, provocative, and revelatory history of abolition and women’s rights, The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights. In the 1850s, tells the story of America before the Civil War through the lives of three women Harriet Tubman 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.