The Spy in the Confederate White House
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The godmother of rock and roll, this black bisexual singer fused gospel and pop to blaze her own way across the Jim Crow-era south.
Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
First her father died. Then her sons. Then her husband. Pregnant, saddled with debt, a failing company, and an overbearing mother, Rebecca Lukens rolled up her sleeves and showed the world what she was made of: iron.
This cheery godmother of trans civil rights masked a dark past of abuse.
Champion weightlifter, suffragette, mom - this "Lady Hercules" did it all.
This audacious black gangster fought the Italian mob for control of Harlem and won, taunting them in full-page newspaper ads as she went.
Loud, proud, uncompromising: this bold politician helped bring about Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment - as well as much more.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
To warn against the incoming British, this teen girl staged her own midnight ride - far longer and more dangerous than Paul Revere's.
Brilliant undercover spy who posed as a slave to spy on - and attempt to burn down - the Confederate White House.