Episode 1: Myths and Sentiments
How do we tell the story of the (unfinished) struggle for women’s voting rights? Who gave us the dominant suffrage narrative? And who gets left out? Our host is Laura Free, a historian of women and politics. She reflects on the suffrage story she learned as a child, one that centers a few white women. She speaks with historians Bettye Collier-Thomas and Lisa Tetrault about the work they’ve done to show there is much more to the story. Next, Laura travels to Seneca Falls, New York, site of the 1848 women’s rights convention, with guest Judith Wellman. Dr. Wellman describes a movement that was both complex and diverse, and helps us to see an old story in an entirely new light.This episode serves as the prologue to the series, inviting listeners to amend their understanding of women’s suffrage history. 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 and Live FootageA special thanks to Stephanie Freese at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Greg Cotteral at WEOS Studios in Geneva, NY, and the team at WESA, Pittsburgh. Additional thanks to episode 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.