Lindsay Beyerstein

Lindsay Beyerstein is a reporter in Brooklyn, New York. Her reporting has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Slate, Al Jazeera America, Reuters, and other publications.

Recent Articles

Q&A: The First Revolutionary Abolitionist

Historian Marcus Rediker talks about the hitherto unknown Benjamin Lay.

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M arcus Rediker is the author of the new book, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist . Investigative journalist and filmmaker Lindsay Beyerstein spoke with him about it. Lindsay Beyerstein: Who was Benjamin Lay? Marcus Rediker: Benjamin Lay was a very important, although almost completely unknown, abolitionist, a man who took an extremely militant stand against slavery two generations before an anti-slavery movement developed. But he was actually much more than an abolitionist. He was also a person who decided to live outside the burgeoning capitalist economy. He made his own clothes, he grew his own food, he was a vegetarian, he was a pioneer regarding animal rights, just an altogether extraordinary person. He was doing all these things 250 years ago. How did Lay come to his anti-slavery activism? It was essentially a three-part process. First, there is Lay's commitment to Quakerism and its spiritual egalitarianism, that all...

Abortion Without Apology: A Prescription for Getting the Pro-Choice Groove Back

Only by reclaiming abortion as a fundamental right and normal part of health care can the pro-choice movement hope to win, writes Katha Pollitt in a lively new book.

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This book review is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights By Katha Pollitt 258 pp. Picador. $25 In August, a swarm of police officers was dispatched to the scene of a miscarriage at a Dallas high school, after a dead fetus was found in the girls' lavatory. Police officers combed the school in search of a female “suspect.” The investigation concluded only when the authorities satisfied themselves that the miscarriage had been spontaneous. We might have known it would come to this. Abortion access has decreased dramatically in Texas since the state’s restrictive anti-choice law went into effect in 2013. About half of the state’s abortion clinics closed in the law’s first year on the books. On August 29, a federal judge struck down key parts of the law that were scheduled to take effect in September, and would have forced about twelve of the state’s remaining nineteen clinics to close. But the...