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The Agitators: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

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The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester, New York in the 1840s, they were full of hope and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. Follow these brilliant, flawed, and rebellious activists with host Ashley C. Ford. Their message still matters. This six-part podcast is based on the play The Agitators; playwright Mat Smart used historical documents to imagine Susan and Frederick’s conversations. The Agitators is brought to listeners by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and PRX.

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester, New York in the 1840s, they were full of hope and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. Follow these brilliant, flawed, and rebellious activists with host Ashley C. Ford. Their message still matters. This six-part podcast is based on the play The Agitators; playwright Mat Smart used historical documents to imagine Susan and Frederick’s conversations. The Agitators is brought to listeners by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and PRX.

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United States

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The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester, New York in the 1840s, they were full of hope and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. Follow these brilliant, flawed, and rebellious activists with host Ashley C. Ford. Their message still matters. This six-part podcast is based on the play The Agitators; playwright Mat Smart used historical documents to imagine Susan and Frederick’s conversations. The Agitators is brought to listeners by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and PRX.

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English


Episodes

Episode 6. “Fight for my rights, Aunt Susan”: 1894 and 1895

12/16/2020
Susan and Frederick, well into their 70s, confront one another like prizefighters who don’t know when to quit. Will they finally see eye-to-eye on not only the past, but on how to agitate for a better future?

Duration:00:26:06

Episode 5. Infinite Light: 1883 and 1888

12/9/2020
Frederick Douglass dreamed of a day “where even the constancy of hate breaks down and where the clouds of pride, passion, and selfishness vanish before the brightness of infinite light.” In this episode, as Frederick’s hopes are sidetracked by personal loss, Susan attempts to help him find his way back.

Duration:00:21:52

Episode 4. Seeing Anew: 1870 and 1872

12/2/2020
In the unlikeliest of places, an integrated baseball game in 1870, Susan and Frederick attempt to repair the rift between them. Then, in 1872, an act of hate threatens to push them even further apart.

Duration:00:22:42

Episode 3. Reconstruction: 1867 and 1869

11/25/2020
In the years after the Civil War, Frederick and Susan fight to make the United States a country for all, where everyone can vote. What gets in the way of this dream? Will their friendship survive betrayal?

Duration:00:21:15

Episode 2. from Bondage to Freedom: 1861

11/18/2020
From facing an angry mob to speak out against slavery to waiting for Harriet Tubman to arrive with African-Americans escaping slavery, this episode brings to life Frederick and Susan’s agitations during the Civil War.

Duration:00:25:55

Episode 1. Beginnings: 1849 and 1861

11/18/2020
When Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony met in the late 1840s, he was one of the most well-known people in the United States and she was an unknown schoolteacher who had just quit her job because of unequal pay. Not long after, Frederick recruited Susan to be a lecturer with him in the Anti-Slavery Society and their friendship deepened.

Duration:00:28:42

Trailer: The Agitators, an adaptation of the play by Mat Smart

10/28/2020
Host Ashley C. Ford introduces The Agitators, a six-part play-turned-podcast coming Nov. 18, 2020. We’re joined by the team from the onstage production: Actors Cedric Mays (Frederick Douglass) and Madeleine Lambert (Susan B. Anthony), Director Logan Vaughn, and Composer Juliette Jones of Rootstock Republic.

Duration:00:03:59

Coming Soon

10/20/2020
Coming soon

Duration:00:00:06