June 10, 2016
From 1841 to 1845, the term of America's tenth president could have been described as "radical," had it been run by Amy Post.
Born in 1802 to a devout Quaker family on Long Island, Amy was bred on the importance of humanitarian reform. When even the progressive ideals of the Quakers didn't seem to change the world for enough for Amy, she moved with her husband Isaac, to Rochester, NY. It was there that Amy became an active and visible member of radical Quakers who sought to give all Americans equal rights. Within the years of the early 1840's, her work as both an abolitionist and women’s-rights activist blossomed, and her positive change to the world began.
Among the first believers in Spiritualism, she and Issac helped to associate the young religious movement with the political ideas of the mid-nineteenth-century reform movement. The Posts hosted abolitionist meetings in their home, where prominent reform lecturers such as William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth visited and spoke.
Amy, consistently pushed to right the wrongs of the country, formed groups such as the Yearly Meeting of Congregational Friends (YMCF), an ahead-of-it's time group because it was one of few where all people were considered equal. As was Amy's way, the members of YMCF would do whatever they considered necessary to end slavery, and also had no tolerance for racial or sexual discrimination. They believed that all people should be considered equal morally, religiously, and politically. The motto of the Congregational Friends was “common natures, common rights, and a common destiny.”
If Amy had been president during this time, common rights would have been instilled for 175 years already, and yet we are still fighting for it.