11 episodes

Sex was never the only battleground for women’s voting rights. Amended, a podcast from Humanities New York, marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment by challenging the suffrage story most Americans learn in school. Host Laura Free, a historian of women and politics, and her guests take us back to the 1800's and up to the present day to tell the stories of under-recognized women who also fought injustice based on race, citizenship status and class.

Amended Humanities New York

    • History
    • 4.8 • 57 Ratings

Sex was never the only battleground for women’s voting rights. Amended, a podcast from Humanities New York, marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment by challenging the suffrage story most Americans learn in school. Host Laura Free, a historian of women and politics, and her guests take us back to the 1800's and up to the present day to tell the stories of under-recognized women who also fought injustice based on race, citizenship status and class.

    Episode 1: Myths and Sentiments

    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 Team
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Kordell K. Hammond
    Nicholas MacDonald
    Joseph Murphy
    Sara Ogger 
    Antonio Pontón-Núñez
    Michael Washburn

    Consulting Engineer: Logan Romjue 
    Art by Simonair Yoho
    Music by Michael John Hancock and Live Footage

    A 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.

    • 41 min
    Bonus: “Truth Is of No Color” from And Nothing Less

    Bonus: “Truth Is of No Color” from And Nothing Less

    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, 2020

    The Amended Team:
    Production Company: Humanities New York
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Kordell K. Hammond
    Nicholas MacDonald
    Joseph Murphy
    Sara Ogger 
    Antonio Pontón-Núñez
    Michael Washburn

    Audio Editor and Mixer (for Amended): Logan Romjue 
    Art by Simonair Yoho
    Music (for Amended): Michael-John Hancock and Live Footage


    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

    • 35 min
    Episode 2: Any Woman

    Episode 2: Any Woman

    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 Team
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Kordell K. Hammond
    Nicholas MacDonald
    Joseph Murphy
    Sara Ogger 
    Antonio Pontón-Núñez
    Michael Washburn

    Consulting Engineer: Logan Romjue 
    Art by Simonair Yoho
    Music 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

    • 46 min
    Bonus: “Civic Action: Voting, Part 1” from Civics 101

    Bonus: “Civic Action: Voting, Part 1” from Civics 101

    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 York
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Kordell K. Hammond
    Nicholas MacDonald
    Joseph Murphy
    Sara Ogger 
    Antonio Pontón-Núñez
    Michael Washburn

    Art by Simonair Yoho

    For this bonus episode of Amended:
    Audio Editor and Mixer: Logan Romjue 
    Music: Michael-John Hancock, Live Footage and Emily Sprague


    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

    • 29 min
    Episode 3: Of Rights and Wrongs

    Episode 3: Of Rights and Wrongs

    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 Team
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Kordell K. Hammond
    Nicholas MacDonald
    Joseph Murphy
    Sara Ogger 
    Antonio Pontón-Núñez
    Michael Washburn

    Consulting Engineer: Logan Romjue 
    Art by Simonair Yoho
    Music by Michael-John Hancock. Additional music by Emily Sprague and Pictures of a Floating World (CC).
    Sound effects this episode courtesy of freesound.org

    Thanks 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

    • 42 min
    Bonus: "The Creative Team Behind Amended" from Amended in Action

    Bonus: "The Creative Team Behind Amended" from Amended in Action

    This bonus episode takes listeners behind-the-scenes of Amended. “Amended in Action” is a radio series hosted by Michael Riecke that expands on the themes of Amended and amplifies contemporary women’s voices. Michael’s a reporter for WRVO and assistant professor of broadcasting and mass communication at SUNY Oswego. For a recent broadcast, Michael interviewed Laura Free, Amended host and writer, and Reva Goldberg, producer, editor and co-writer, about what it’s like to make the podcast.

    Visit amendedpodcast.com for more information about the series. 

    “Amended in Action” Credits:
    “Amended in Action” is produced and hosted by Michael Riecke. It was originally broadcast on WRVO Public Media with Amended Episode 2. Music by Fesliyan Studios.

    The Amended Team:
    Production Company: Humanities New York
    Laura Free, Host & Writer
    Reva Goldberg, Producer, Editor & Co-Writer
    Scarlett Rebman, Project Director
    Vanessa Manko
    Sara Ogger 
    Michael Washburn

    Art by Simonair Yoho

    For this bonus episode of Amended:
    Music: Live Footage

    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.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Customer4700 ,

A must-listen

This very fresh and engaging podcast smoothly glides between the people of the suffrage movement and the events which shaped their lives and actions and the modern-day historians struggling to unearth and interpret the real story - a story so much deeper and more compelling than what has been taught for decades. A most thought provoking challenge to what we think we know about an often overlooked or under-explored political movement.

dinosaurjunkie ,

Love it!

A great listen, informative and educational but still very entertaining. Keeps you wanting for more episodes. Very well researched and let’s you learn about the story without feeling taught.

Paul M from chicago ,

Amended

Interesting take on an important subject. As an American history buff, I’m awaiting the next episode

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