Laura Free is a historian. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her areas of research are gender, race, and voting rights in the United States of the 19th Century. Previously, Free taught at Cornell University, and before that at Binghamton University. Her first book, "Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the Civil War Er," was published in 2015. Free received her B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College, her M.A. in the History of Women from the State University of New York at Binghamton, her M.A. in American History from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University.
Suffragists fought hard for the vote. They also knew that gaining access to the ballot was not the end of the struggle for political representation. This week Amended host Laura Free introduces a special episode from Civics 101, a podcast about how democracy works, to help us understand what a vote really means. The United States is a representative democracy. The idea is that we’re a government by the people (we vote officials into office) and for the people (the officials in office are supposed to represent our interests). But Civics 101 hosts Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice learn that it’s not so straightforward around here. Our guides to American voting are Nazita Lajevardi, author of Outsides at Home, Kim Wehle, author of What You Need to Know About Voting and Why, and Andrea Hailey, CEO of vote.org. Visit amendedpodcast.com for a transcript of this episode and additional resources. Listen to Civic Action: Voting, Part 2 here (or wherever you get your podcasts). Civics 101 Credits:This episode of Civics 101 was produced by Hannah McCarthy with Nick Capodice. The staff includes Jackie Fulton and Felix Poon. Erica Janik is the Executive Producer. Maureen McMurray is the Head of Content Development. Music in this episode by Silicon Transmitter, Patrick Patrikios, Jesse Gallagher, Astron and The Mini Vandals. Voting and educational resources available at civics101podcast.org. Civics 101 is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a production of NHPR, New Hampshire Public Radio.The Amended Team:Production Company: Humanities New YorkLaura Free, Host & WriterReva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-WriterScarlett Rebman, Project DirectorKordell K. HammondNicholas MacDonaldJoseph MurphySara Ogger Antonio Pontón-NúñezMichael WashburnArt by Simonair YohoFor this bonus episode of Amended:Audio Editor and Mixer: Logan Romjue Music: Michael-John Hancock, Live Footage and Emily SpragueAmended is produced with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and with support from Baird Foundation, Susan Strauss, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Phil Lewis & Catherine Porter, and C. Evan Stewart.Copyright Humanities New York 2020
The scope of women’s political history is so vast that it can’t be covered by one podcast. This week Amended host Laura Free introduces a special episode from And Nothing Less, a seven-part series from the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and PRX. This episode is more than a story about women’s rights. It’s a story about civil rights. And women like Ida B. Wells and Mary Church Terrell understood that the suffrage fight was as much about race as it was gender. Hosts Rosario Dawson and Retta speak with some great guests you’ll recognize from Amended—like Martha Jones and Lisa Tetrault—and some you haven’t met yet—like Michelle Duster, great-great granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, and historians Alison Parker and Marjorie Spruill.Visit amendedpodcast.com for a transcript of this episode. Visit the National Park Service website for a Listener Companion to this episode of And Nothing Less. And Nothing Less Credits:And Nothing Less was envisioned by WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon, with support from Communications Director Kelsey Millay. Executive Producer: Genevieve Sponsler. Producer and Audio Engineer: Samantha Gattsek. Writer and Producer: Robin Linn. Original Music: Erica Huang. Additional Support: Ray Pang, Jocelyn Gonzales, Jason Saldanha, John Barth. Marketing Support: Ma’ayan Plaut, Dave Cotrone, Anissa Pierre. Booker: Amy Walsh. Logo: Stephanie Marsellos.Original Airdate: August 19, 2020The Amended Team:Production Company: Humanities New YorkLaura Free, Host & WriterReva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-WriterScarlett Rebman, Project DirectorKordell K. HammondNicholas MacDonaldJoseph MurphySara Ogger Antonio Pontón-NúñezMichael WashburnAudio Editor and Mixer (for Amended): Logan Romjue Art by Simonair YohoMusic (for Amended): Michael-John Hancock and Live FootageAmended is produced with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and with support from Baird Foundation, Susan Strauss, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Phil Lewis & Catherine Porter, and C. Evan Stewart.Copyright Humanities New York 2020
After the Civil War, many abolitionists and women's rights activists saw an opportunity to team up and advance equality for all. African American author and orator Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was hopeful, too. But she also knew that politics and prejudice could shatter this tentative alliance, with devastating consequences. She wasn’t about to let that happen without a fight.To help tell Frances’s story, host Laura Free meets up with Sharia Benn, a writer, researcher and theater artist who has spent a decade portraying Frances for public audiences. Laura also spends time with historian Bettye Collier-Thomas in Bettye’s extensive personal archive. Bettye’s research has helped recover Harper’s forgotten contributions to the abolitionist, suffrage, and temperance causes. In this exceptionally emotional episode, Sharia and Bettye paint a vivid portrait of a woman whose vision of liberation resonates deeply today—and whose spirit is still with those who continue the pursuit of justice and equality.For a transcript and more about this series, visit amendedpodcast.com Our TeamLaura Free, Host & WriterReva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-WriterScarlett Rebman, Project DirectorKordell K. HammondNicholas MacDonaldJoseph MurphySara Ogger Antonio Pontón-NúñezMichael WashburnConsulting Engineer: Logan Romjue Art by Simonair YohoMusic by Michael-John Hancock. Additional music by Emily Sprague and Pictures of a Floating World (CC).Sound effects this episode courtesy of freesound.orgThanks to this episode’s guests and collaborators, Sharia Benn and Bettye Collier-Thomas. Special thanks to Alison Parker and Manisha Sinha, whose scholarship we relied on to help tell the story of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.Amended is produced with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and with support from Baird Foundation, Susan Strauss, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Phil Lewis & Catherine Porter, and C. Evan Stewart.Copyright Humanities New York 2020
The right to vote was only one of many demands that women made prior to the Civil War. Zooming in on another priority, the right to bodily autonomy, changes our understanding of who was at the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights.Host Laura Free, a historian of women and politics, travels to Baltimore, Maryland, to spend a day with legal historian Martha S. Jones. They visit the Homewood Museum, a 19th century mansion once owned by a family of enslavers, to grapple with its legacy of slavery and sexual violence through the story of one enslaved resident, Charity Castle. Then Martha tells the stories of Celia (whose last name is unknown) and Harriet Jacobs, two other enslaved women who courageously fought for control of their own bodies within legal systems that denied them that right. Although few today know their names, Martha makes the case that all three women were part of the “vanguard” of women’s rights activism.For a transcript and more about this series, visit amendedpodcast.com Our TeamLaura Free, Host & WriterReva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-WriterScarlett Rebman, Project DirectorKordell K. HammondNicholas MacDonaldJoseph MurphySara Ogger Antonio Pontón-NúñezMichael WashburnConsulting Engineer: Logan Romjue Art by Simonair YohoMusic by Michael-John Hancock. Additional music by Pictures of a Floating World (CC).A special thanks to Amy Mulvihill and the Homewood Museum at Johns Hopkins University.Additional thanks to this episode’s advisors for their feedback: Carol Faulkner, Dominique Jean-Louis, Martha S. Jones, Alison Parker, and Kishauna Soljour.Amended is produced with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and with support from Baird Foundation, Susan Strauss, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Phil Lewis & Catherine Porter, and C. Evan Stewart.Copyright Humanities New York 2020
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Geneva, New York, United States of America
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