Angels in the Machinery : Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era
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, and leaders of third-party movements like Prohibitionism and Populism decades before they won the right to vote, and in the process, transformed forever the ideology of American party politics. Using cartoons, speeches, party platforms, news accounts, and campaign memorabilia, she offers a compelling explanation of why family values, womens political activities, and even candidates sex lives remain hot-button issues in politics to this day.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 403.09g
- 25 Feb 1999
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
- 8 pp halftones
Neither political language nor gender ideology remained static, and in this well-written, clearly argued monograph Edwards perceptively charts their mutually constitutive evolution. * Michael D. Naragon, Civil War History *
About Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca Edwards is Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College.