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Alex Myers' new novel, "Revolutionary," tells the story of a 22-year-old weaver who yearns for something more. She feels trapped in 18th century Massachusetts and tells her closest friend, "There is a world out there, beyond weaving, beyond housework." So she cuts her hair, disguises herself as a man and fights heroically in the Continental Army.
The gripping novel is based on the true story of Deborah Sampson -- recognized as a true hero in America's war for independence. In 1983, the Massachusetts legislature named her the official state heroine and declared May 23 "Deborah Sampson Day."
Her story inspired author Alex Myers, who is a female-to-male transgender person, was the first openly transgender student at Harvard and, over the years, has campaigned for transgender rights. His unique perspective reminds us that conversations around gender identity are hardly modern.
This segment aired on January 31, 2014.