published in The New Yorker
History pages are filled with the named heroes that fought for women's rights and the emancipation of slavery in the mid 19th century. But what may strike closer to home for the majority of Americans, are those who lived more-or-less ordinary lives and who strived for freedom under the confines of society. Wickenden writes about Frances A. Seward, a woman who fought for freedom while fitting within the social norms she lived within, painting a fuller picture of our nation's history.
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