U.S. History

"The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age"

Myra MacPherson

About the Program

Myra MacPherson recounts the lives of sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Clafiln, whose professional and political pursuits challenged the male-dominated status-quo of the late nineteenth century.  The sisters dabbled in business, they were the first women to open a brokerage firm in 1870; politics, Victoria was the first women to run for president with Frederick Douglass as her running mate; and publishing, they were the first female publishers of a radical weekly.  Myra Macpherson speaks at Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida.

About the Authors

Myra MacPherson

Myra MacPherson is the author of several books, including Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation.  She is a former reporter for the Washington Post.


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"The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age"

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, May 24th at 8am (ET)
  • Sunday, March 23rd at 5:15pm (ET)
  • Saturday, March 22nd at 11pm (ET)
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