Frances Harper: She wasn’t only a teacher, talented speaker and writer – she also fought for women’s rights, and was an Underground Railroad conductor.
In 1913 the American nation was in a period of transition. Wilson’s America was characterized by great wealth disparity, deplorable working conditions, and an influx of immigrants, many coming from non-traditional regions. Suffragettes marched, fighting for the right to vote, and restaurant workers staged a walkout in New York. One hundred years later the nation is still divided between post-modernists and the social purists who yearn for a simpler past.