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Culture, Politics, Opinion

Playing the woman card   •   Los Angeles Times
G.O.P. Candidates and Uncertainties  •  The New York Times
Goaded by the Tea Party, Republicans Turn to Extortion   •   Scholar Strategy Network
Public Debate Is Challenging for Historians but Worth the Effort    •   Scholar Strategy Network
What the Assassination of President Kennedy Meant to Americans in 1963   •   Scholar Strategy Network
The Unfavored Daughter: When Margaret Chase Smith Ran in the New Hampshire Primary   •   The New Yorker
Playing the Woman Card   •   Los Angeles Times
Historians as Public Intellectuals   •   History News Network
America's Letters to Mourning Jackie Reveal a Nation Fractured over Civil Rights   •   Talking Points Memo, 2013
What the Assassination of President Kennedy Meant to Americans in 1963   •   Scholars Strategies Network,2013
What the Polls Can't Tell Us: Response to Uncertainties   •   New York Times, 2012
What History Tells Us about the New Hampshire Primary   •   Washington Post, 2012
Kennedy Condolence Letters Shed Light on an Era of Hope   •   Huffington Post, 2010

“In mid-November of 1963, a week before he left for his fateful campaign trip to Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy held the last press conference of his Presidency, where he fielded a question about the upcoming 1964 Presidential race. “Would you comment on the possible candidacy of Margaret Chase Smith, and specifically what effect that would have on the New Hampshire primary?” a reporter asked. The question alone provoked merriment among the largely male press corps. The prospect of a female Presidential contender clearly seemed preposterous to many. But Kennedy was prepared. Since August, rumors had swirled that Maine’s three-term Republican senator might enter the Presidential race. In fact, the arch-conservative Dallas Morning News had prominently featured stories in late August and September speculating admiringly about a Smith run. One of those reports asked whether Senator “Margaret Chase Smith, a wide-awake Maine Republican,” might actually “be the sleeper of the 1964 campaign.” read full excerpt