On Presidents and Elections

The OAH Distinguished Lecturers listed below can help your audience put the presidential election into historical context.

How do Americans go about identifying and electing presidents?

Why do we still have an electoral college?

How have certain elections reshaped the presidency and the nation?

Why has America never had a woman president?


Marjorie J. Spruill

Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Although her book Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women's Rights focuses on the 1970s (and more specifically the effects of the 1977 IWY conferences including the National Women’s Conference), a connection to Trump is clear. It actually serves as “deep background” for the most...(Read More)

Daniel Feller

The People's Will Denied? Backroom Politics and the Election of 1824

The election of 1824, ending in the famous "corrupt bargain" between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams that denied the presidency to Andrew Jackson, is one of the most pivotal elections in American history, and perhaps the most misunderstood. This talk strips away the legend and mythology to reveal...(Read More)

Kathi Kern

Citizenship at the Point of Production

This talk traces pivotal moments in American history where citizens "took" their rights well before those rights were granted by law. Drawing on examples from voting rights and marriage history, Kern finds common ground among Americans of different eras who asserted their citizenship rights at the...(Read More)

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