The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. When they met in Rochester, New York in the 1840s they were young abolitionists committed to their dreams for this county, full of hope and bonded by a common purpose. Throughout their lives they served one another as allies as well as adversaries. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their 45-year-old friendship was severely tested. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.
By Mat Smart
Part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project We the People: Protest and Patriotism, Sep 28–Dec 14, 2018.