Union Spy in the Confederate Capital Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-to-do resident of Richmond, Virginia who recruited and organized an extensive network of spies for the Union in the shadow of the Confederate White House. Van Lew was also an Angel of Mercy for Union captives at Libby Prison near her home. Her gifts of food and clothing meant the difference between life and death for many inmates Continued ..
Abolitionist, Educator and Suffragist in the Civil War Era Mary Ann Shadd (1823–1893) was an anti-slavery activist, journalist, teacher and lawyer. She was the first black woman newspaper publisher in North America and the first woman publisher in Canada. Shadd was one of the most outspoken and articulate female proponents of the abolition of slavery of her day. She promoted equality for all Continued ..
African American Spy During the Civil War Mary Elizabeth Bowser was a freed slave who worked with Elizabeth Van Lew as a Union spy in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. Van Lew sent Bowser to the Quaker School for Negroes in Philadelphia in the late 1850s. After graduating, she returned to Richmond, where Early Years Mary Elizabeth Bowser was born a slave on the plantation of John Van Continued ..
One of the First Feminists in the United States Lucy Stone (1818–1893) was a prominent American abolitionist and suffragist, and a tireless advocate of rights for women. She began her career in social reform by speaking out against slavery at a time when women were discouraged and prevented from public speaking. She was a pioneer in the women's rights movement, addressing several legislative Continued ..