Marjorie J. Spruill

Marjorie J. Spruill

Marjorie J. Spruill is Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina. Her areas of expertise include women's and gender history, American political history, and the history of the US South. Spruill is known for her work on women’s movements in the United States from the woman suffrage movement through the modern feminist and antifeminist movements. For the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, she is publishing a revised and expanded edition of the anthology One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement that she edited to accompany the PBS American Experience film "One Woman, One Vote." Her other works on woman suffrage include New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (1993); several edited volumes including VOTES FOR WOMEN! The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation (1995); and new editions of Mary Johnson’s 1913 suffrage novel Hagar, and Doris Stevens’s 1920 book, Jailed for Freedom: The Story of the Militant Woman Suffragist Movement . Spruill’s most recent book, Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics (2017), considers the rise of the modern women's rights movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, the mobilization of social conservatives as the "Pro-Family Movement," and the conflicts between these two movements which contributed to the transformation of American political culture and led to the highly partisan and polarized political culture in the United States from the late 1970s to the present. For this work she 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. Spruill is also co-editor of author of multi-volume anthologies on the Lives and Times of women in Mississippi and South Carolina and a two-volume reader, The South in the History of the Nation. Spruill was a consultant for and appeared in the recent MSNBC documentary “On Account of Sex: The Equal Rights Amendment,” and in Nashville Public Television’s new production, “By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South.” She was also a consultant for “Rightfully Hers,” the National Archives exhibit for the suffrage centennial.


  • ONE WOMAN ONE VOTE: The Long Road to Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment
  • The ERA’s Unfinished History
  • Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics *
  • The Southern Story: The Woman Suffrage Movement in the Inhospitable South (with images)

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.

Process: A Blog for American History

Women Unite! Lessons from 1977 for 2017


Divided We Stand

Presented in Bryant Park and cohosted by the New-York Historical Society and the Bryant Park Reading Room, July 2017. Recording courtesy C-SPAN.

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