Victoria and Frederick for President

by Amalia Queller

Seeing Victoria and Frederick for President was like taking a trip through a history textbook and focusing on Victoria Woodhull, Frederick Douglas and Ulysses S. Grant.

Through a modern talk show with host Damon Stevens V and a series of flashbacks, we learn the story of the Damon Stevens I, the first black reporter for the New York Herald. He follows the campaign of Victoria Woodhull and Frederick Douglas as they ran for President and Vice President in 1872, shortly after the Civil War. We watch as the characters make tough decisions about fighting for what is right and damning the consequences or taking the safer route and compromising.

Victoria Woodhull was a strong fighter in the suffrage movement. Not only was she a successful businesswoman, but she also had the guts to openly publish the Communist Manifesto. She was tired of the slow change that women like Susan B. Anthony advocated and storms on for a revolution by running for president at a time when women could not even vote.

Woodhull chose former slave Frederick Douglas as her Vice-Presidential nominee. Douglas took many risks and made many enemies as he campaigned for civil rights.

It is the courage and strength of Victoria and Frederick that brings to life this historic tale of a time when a woman or black president was nothing but a pipe dream. An interesting comparison to our recent presidential race, this play is one to catch.