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

Paperback | December 1, 1997

byRebecca Edwards

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Angels in the Machinery offers a sweeping analysis of the centrality of gender to politics in the United States from the days of the Whigs to the early twentieth century. Author Rebecca Edwards shows that women in the U.S. participated actively and influentially as Republicans, Democrats, andleaders of third-party movements like Prohibitionism and Populism--decades before they won the right to vote--and in the process managed to transform forever the ideology of American party politics. Using cartoons, speeches, party platforms, news accounts, and campaign memorabilia, she offers acompelling 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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Historian Rebecca Edwards reveals the history of the role of gender in American politics, from the days of the Revolution to the early 20th century. Using cartoons, speeches, party platforms, news accounts, and campaign memorabilia, Edwards offers a compelling explanation of why family values, women in politics, and even candidates' se...

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Angels in the Machinery offers a sweeping analysis of the centrality of gender to politics in the United States from the days of the Whigs to the early twentieth century. Author Rebecca Edwards shows that women in the U.S. participated actively and influentially as Republicans, Democrats, andleaders of third-party movements like Prohib...

Rebecca Edwards is Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195116968

ISBN - 13:9780195116960

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Historian Rebecca Edwards reveals the history of the role of gender in American politics, from the days of the Revolution to the early 20th century. Using cartoons, speeches, party platforms, news accounts, and campaign memorabilia, Edwards offers a compelling explanation of why family values, women in politics, and even candidates' sex lives remain hot-button issues today. Illustrated

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