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The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age
  • Date: Thursday, July 08, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Anthony Comstock, special agent to the U.S. Post Office, was one of the most important men in the lives of 19th-century women. His eponymous law, passed in 1873, imposed long prison sentences and steep fines for the mailing of contraception and obscenity. In her new book, The Man Who Hated Women, Amy Sohn presents a narrative history of Comstock and the remarkable women who opposed his war on women’s rights at the turn of the 20th century. Joining Sohn in conversation today will be journalist and author Elizabeth Mitchell.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote and programs presented in conjunction with the exhibit are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, Maggie and Robert Boroujerdi, BMO Financial Group, The Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).