Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era / Edition 1

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Angels in the Machinery offers a sweeping analysis of the importance of gender to American politics from the days of the Whigs to the early twentieth century. Author Rebecca Edwards shows how relations of power within the family have been a fundamental campaign issues for 150 years. She explores the connections between gender and other political factors such as race, class, and regional loyalties. Using cartoons, speeches, party platforms, news accounts, and campaign memorabilia, Angels in the Machinery offers a compelling explanation of why family values, women's political activities, and even candidates' sex lives remain hot-button issues in politics to this day.
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"[An] extraordinary achievement....In clear and concise prose, Edwards has transformed the historiographical landscape of nineteenth-century American politics."—Reviews in American History

"A stunning entry in the historical scholarship currently revisioning the politics of the Gilded Age from a gendered perspective....Worthy of serious attention by specialists in both political history and women's history."—Journal of American History

"Important because of its implications for women's studies, politics, and numerous reform movements (including women's suffrage)."—Choice

Journal of American History
A stunning entry in the historical scholarship currently revisioning the politics of the Gilded Age from a gendered perspective....Worthy of serious attention by specialists in both political history and women's history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195116960
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Edwards is Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Key Elections and Other Events
Introduction 3
1 The Political Crucible of the Civil War 12
2 Suffragists, Prohibitionists, and Republicans 39
3 Democrats and Domestic Economics 59
4 The Gospel of St. Republican 75
5 Populism 91
6 Redemption 111
7 New Parameters of Power 133
8 Progressives and Protection, 1897-1912 150
Epilogue 167
Notes 171
Selected References 213
Index 221
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