Nathaniel Popkin is writer of the 2018 film documentary “Sisters In Freedom,” the extraordinary story of the trailblazing women who crossed racial lines in the fight to end slavery.
“Sisters in Freedom” reveals the extraordinary story of the black and white women who created America’s first organized female political force, and their daring battle to end slavery. It’s the 1830s. Slavery in the South is increasing rapidly; fugitive slave laws are tightening and so are the rules that govern women in the public sphere. Yet in Philadelphia, Lucretia Mott, Sarah Mapps Douglass, Harriet Forten Purvis and Angelina and Sarah Grimké lead an effort that inspires millions of Americans to petition Congress to end slavery, persisting despite a vicious backlash to the abolition movement. The documentary reveals how the resistance work of these pioneering women provided a bold model for the women’s rights movement that is flourishing today.