Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Directed by Pat Ferrero, this 1988 installment of the acclaimed PBS series The American Experience profiles women involved in some of the most crucial events of 19th century U.S. history. Former slave Harriet Tubman risked her life numerous times guiding slaves to freedom on the "underground railroad." Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave and went on to become dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln and founder and president of the Black Contraband Relief Association. Temperance advocate Frances Willard also worked for women's suffrage and served as president of the National Council of Women. Western pioneer Abigail Scott Duniway became a novelist and worked 40 years to win women the right to vote. Director Ferrero also looks at more anonymous women who helped create this nation, and whose lives can be, to an extent, read in the art of their quiltmaking.
women's-issues, abolition [of slavery], industry, suffrage, temperance, westward-expansion, women, activism, Civil-War [US], crafts