"Gathering first-rate scholars, Gidlow's effort offers a raw perspective of a moment in time when the progressive efforts of generations erupted finally—and all at once—on the national stage."--The Journal of American History
"Time will tell whether the presidential campaign of 2008 constituted what political scientists call a critical election in US history, but there is no question that it changed the game for women and African Americans in politics. . . . Recommended."--Choice
"These essays make a compelling case that the groundbreaking 2008 election was simply one chapter in a long and complicated history of race and gender politics in the United States."--The Journal of Southern History
"These stimulating essays draw meaning from the 2008 campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin at a critical juncture in U.S. history--a topic worthy of serious reflection and tackled here from a variety of interesting angles."
--Louise Newman, author of White Women's Rights: Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States
"This readable collection brings together a distinguished group of scholars to offer reflections that place the galvanizing candidacies of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin in historical perspective."
--Eileen Boris, coeditor of Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care
About the Author
Liette Gidlow is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University and the author of The Big Vote: Gender, Consumer Culture, and the Politics of Exclusion, 1890s-1920s.