Talk and Book Signing with Marjorie Spruill, IAU 20 Sep.

​MAABN is please to announce the following event at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence:​

​A talk and book signing by​ Marjorie J. Spruill, professor of history at the University of South Carolina,

who will be discussing her new book:

DIVIDED WE STAND: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics (Bloomsbury 2017)


Wednesday 20 September at 6:30 pm

at the Institute for American Universities – Main Hall

2 bis rue Bon Pasteur 13100 Aix-en-Provence


​ – 06 27 28 28 60​


Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. DIVIDED WE STAND reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation, as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

Marjorie Spruill will discuss the origins of the highly partisan, deeply polarized political climate we now inhabit. As the personal has become political and the political has become personal, and issues are increasingly fraught with religious or moral significance, the public and the politicians have found consensus and compromise more difficult to achieve. The issues that divided the women of the United States into warring camps in the 1970s divided the major parties and shaped the political discourse that has since dominated American politics.

Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, is an authority on the American women’s rights movement. She has a particular interest in the intersection of ideas about gender and politics. Author and editor, she also teaches courses in U. S. women’s history, southern history, recent American history, and historical methodology.

“In Divided We Stand, Marjorie Spruill describes a polarized America that will be recognizable to any consumer of today’s news … A story crucial to understanding American politics over the past 40 years … The question raised by the battle of 1977 – who speaks for women? – still bedevils American politics.”—Wall Street Journal

This work has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, and the Gerald Ford Foundation.

Copies of the book, Divided We Stand, will be available on the premises for purchase and signing by the author.

For more information on Marjorie Spruill and her work: