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Chicago detective whose crime-busting exploits grew so popular she had her own newspaper series and starred in her own movie.
When her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.
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Juana Azurduy de Padilla
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