The nomination of the first woman to be the candidate for a major political party was historic. It was also imagined, possibly for the first time, by Angelina Grimke in 1837. In a July 2016 post for the Organization of American Historians blog, I noted the history of the idea, the project of women's political advancement, and whether history makes the case that Clinton will win.
"John Dewey and Jane Addams Debate War,” in Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice, Brian Jackson and Gregory Clark, eds. (Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, 2014).
“Jane Addams and Theodore Roosevelt: A Political Friendship,” in Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal 34, (Summer 2013) 3: 69-75.
In 2010, when the Tea Party was just emerging as a force in U.S. politics, I was struck by the parallels between its agenda and that of the ant-federalists, who opposed the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. It is available online at History News Service, which also distributed it to its syndicated membership. Many newspapers around the country published this op-ed and I received a fascinating variety of emails in response.
"Love on Halsted Street," in Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams, Maurice Hamington, ed. (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010).
"Jane Addams's Early Theory and Practice of Cooperation" in Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy. Marilyn Fischer, et. al., eds. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009).
"An Authoritative Voice: Jane Addams and the Oratorical Tradition," Gender & History 10 (August 1998) 2: 217-251.
"Biography's Window on Social Change: Benevolence and Justice in Jane Addams' 'A Modern Lear,' " The Journal of Women's History 9 (Spring l997) 1: 111-138.
"Jane Addams and the Settlement House Movement," in American Reform and Reformers. Eds. Paul Cimbala and Randall Miller (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996). Reprinted in Against the Tide: Women Reformers in American Society (Westport, CT: Praeger Press, l997).
"Jane Addams and Hull House: Historical Lessons in Leadership," Nonprofit Management and Leadership 2 (Winter l992) 2: 125-141.