Alena Smith on The Media
By the fall of 1859, the newspaper boom helped give rise to celebrity culture, changing what it meant to be a writer in the limelight.
Watch After Season 2, Episode 1
Alena Smith on Séances & Spiritualism
As intriguing movements swept through New England, they gave women the chance to be heard.
Watch After Season 2, Episode 3
Alena Smith on Salons
When women were told their place was in the home, salons empowered them to transform those spaces into epicenters of bohemian culture.
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Alena Smith on The Opera
Before recorded music, opera was the premier place to hear famous singers—and a perfect occasion to dress up.
Watch After Season 2, Episode 6
Alena Smith on Resistance
As America approached the Civil War, the growing abolitionist movement inspired writers to harness the power of their words.
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