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The Gay Manifesto

The Gay Manifesto, was, and remains, a pioneering document for the gay movement. Written shortly before the Stonewall Uprising in NYC in June of 1969, it laid out the revolutionary potential of the movement to challenge the power structure. In reading it now, there are some things that stand out. One is his acknowledgement that…

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Carl Wittman, Organizer

Carl Wittman, son of Jeanette Freeman Wittman and Walter Wittman. Carl Wittman lived the life of an organizer and he was pivotal in a number of movements. He grew up in Paramus NJ and went to Swarthmore College where he became involved in radical organizing, responding to racism and poverty in Cambridge, MD and later…

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We Have Met the Enemy and They are Us

Peg Johnston, daughter of Bob Johnston and Ruth Freeman Johnston. This is an essay by Peg Johnston analyzing abortion politics and especially emphasizing that individuals have the power to change the culture around abortion if only they would speak up. She was to continue this theme in her decades long work with the Abortion Conversation…

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Opting Out of the Abortion War:

This is one of Peg Johnston’s “thought pieces” on abortion politics from the perspective of an independent provider. It was published first in a provider newsletter, published by Johnston, and then after some updates in an anthology by Krista Jacob entitled “Our Choices, Our Lives, Unapologetic Writings on Abortion.” “From the Birmingham Bombing to September…

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Peg Johnston: The Workbooks

Peg Johnston, born Margaret Ruth, in 1948 is the daughter of Robert Clark Johnston and Ruth Freeman Johnston. She has been active in many causes, notably abortion care and anti-violence work as well as many community projects in her hometown of Binghamton NY. Peg Johnston edited and published the Pregnancy Options Workbook in 1998 to…

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Jane Freeman, Artist

Notes prepared by Jeanette Freeman Wittman             Jane Freeman, the portrait painter and artist, was born in Chesterfield England in 1871 and was brought by her mother (Mary Hall Freeman) to the United States with her two younger siblings, John Francis Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman in the mid 1870’s. Jane died on September 23, 1963…

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An Immigrant Goes To War: The Correspondence of Herman and Adeline Weiss

From “An Immigrant Goes to War: The Civil War Correspondence of Herman and Adeline Weiss” ed. Harlan B. Phillips, in History 4: A Meridien Periodical (New York: Word Publishing, 1961)

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Everything We Know About Jennie Fraser Bishop

Jennie is the mother of Blanche Bishop Freeman, who was mother of Jeanette, Ruth, John, Elizabeth, and Helen Freeman. She was born Jeanette Fraser June 22, 1855 in Oxford in Chenango County New York. Her granddaughter Nettie said that “she scratched her name ‘Jeanette’ out of the family Bible, to the horror of everyone,and she…

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Walter T. Wittman Memorial

Walter T. Wittman was the son of Carl and Mary (Thalmeyer) Wittman, and father of Jane Vandebogart and Carl Wittman. Walter, or “Walt” as he was known in the family, was good natured, humorous, and well liked. He was a lawyer specializing in school and municipal law, and secretly held firm beliefs in Communism, which…

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Jane, What Are You Making?

The following is a cookbook from Jane’s unwieldy box of recipes on scraps of paper.  A record of her activism, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, Jeanette (“Netty”) Freeman and grandmother, “Mama” (Mary) Wittman, the title refers to the many potlucks she cooked for.