Conversations Among 19th Century Revolutionaries

“We rejoice in commotion for it gives signs of vitality.” -- Mary Robbins Post to Amy Kirby Post

In the nineteenth-century, Rochester, New York was a boiling cauldron of civic activism. No other family epitomized this “commotion” of activity as much as the members of the Post family.

Anthony and Stanton

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton exchanged letters with Amy Post, a fellow leader in the women’s rights movement.

Frederick Douglass and other former slaves, including Harriet Brent Jacobs and William Cooper Nell benefited from Isaac and Amy Post's friendship and support.

Margaret, Catherine and Leah Fox introduced Isaac and Amy Post to the infamous “rappings” that launched the sisters’ careers as mediums.











The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections invites you to participate and learn from the extraordinary actions of an ordinary family through the University of Rochester’s Post Family Papers Project: “Conversations among 19th Century Revolutionaries.”