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Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, cultural historian, and author of several books, including Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment, Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, and Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. Her latest work is The Color of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation, which chronicles the alliance between abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Maria Weston Chapman.

Linda received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, and POLITICO. She divides her time between New York City and Phoenix, Arizona.

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As he later recounted in his memoirs, Frederick Douglass endured daily beatings and forced labor before taking his chances on the road to freedom.