In this Book

summary
"A magisterially written, well-researched, informative, and entertaining biography of a woman who helped throw open the doors to broader participation and power for women in the Republican Party and American politics." ---Dave Dempsey, author of William G. Milliken: Michigan's Passionate Moderate "Elly Peterson will be a text to which historians and researchers turn for insight into the yin and yang of mainstream politics in the mid-century." ---Patricia Sullivan, past president, Journalism and Women Symposium "This lively portrait of a leading woman in the Republican Party between 1952 and 1982 also charts the party's shift to the right after 1964, revealingly viewed through the eyes of liberal Republican women. Intensively researched with ethnographic attention to the subtleties of political culture, Fitzgerald's book is essential reading for anyone interested in how the Republican Party changed during the turbulent decades after 1960 and how women and women's issues shaped those changes." ---Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History, State University of New York, Binghamton "Sara Fitzgerald tells Peterson's story in this superb and timely biography. It carries a message that deserves the widest audience as the nation struggles to find needed consensus on critical issues amid poisonous political partisanship that has made it increasingly difficult for public officials to bridge their differences. I hope that every American reads it." ---Pulitzer Prize winner Haynes Johnson, from the Foreword "To understand the quest for equal rights in America you really need to meet those women who were active at the time of transition. In this gripping biography we meet one woman who entered a male dominated world and triumphed." ---Francis X. Blouin Jr., Director, Bentley Historical Library "Sara Fitzgerald's writing is as intelligent as it is entertaining." ---Best-selling novelist Diane Chamberlain Elly Peterson was one of the highest ranking women in the Republican Party. In 1964 she ran for a Michigan seat in the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. During the 1960s she grew disenchanted with the increasing conservatism of her party, united with other feminists to push for the Equal Rights Amendment and reproductive choice, battled Phyllis Schlafly to prevent her from gaining control of the National Federation of Republican Women, and became an independent. Elly Peterson's story is a missing chapter in the political history of Michigan, as well as the United States. This new biography, written by Sara Fitzgerald (a Michigan native and former Washington Post editor), finally gives full credit to one of the first female political leaders in this country. When Peterson resigned in 1970 as assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee, David Broder of the Washington Post wrote that "her abilities would have earned her the national chairmanship, were it not for the unwritten sex barrier both parties have erected around that job."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Frontmatter
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contents
  2. p. xix
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-2
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 1. The Girl from New Berlin
  2. pp. 3-19
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 2. Hooked on Politics
  2. pp. 20-41
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 3. A Chapeau in the Ring
  2. pp. 42-66
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 4. The Reluctant Candidate
  2. pp. 67-84
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 5. The Click Moment
  2. pp. 85-104
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 6. Minding the Middle [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 105-122
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 7. Back to Washington
  2. pp. 123-145
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 8. A Crisis of Conscience
  2. pp. 146-171
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 9. A Path out of Exile
  2. pp. 172-187
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 10. The Show
  2. pp. 188-213
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 11. A New Crusade
  2. pp. 214-240
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 12. The Turning Point
  2. pp. 241-259
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 260-266
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-308
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-318
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Illustrations
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents

Additional Information

ISBN
9780472027620
Related ISBN
9780472117871
MARC Record
OCLC
744519801
Pages
348
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.