Recommended Reading

July 25, 2016

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Still looking for that summer beach read? UNH historian Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” is on “The Washington Post” list of “37 books we’ve loved so far in 2016.”


Historian Pens Book on Women’s Quest for the American Presidency

February 3, 2016

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Professor of history Ellen Fitzpatrick has written a new book that gives context to Hillary Clinton’s current race for the White House, showing how her quest is part of a longer journey for women in America. “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” published by Harvard University Press, tells the story of three women who set their sights on the American presidency, Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972). Each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. “The Highest Glass Ceiling” reveals that women’s pursuit of the Oval Office, then and now, has involved myriad forms of influence, opposition and intrigue.

“The Highest Glass Ceiling” will be available from the publisher on February 29, 2016.

Fitzpatrick, who specializes in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of seven books, including “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” (Ecco, 2010) and “History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past 1880-1980” (Harvard University Press, 2002). Fitzpatrick has appeared regularly on PBS’s “The NewsHour.” She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the “New York Times,” the “Wall Street Journal,” the “Los Angeles Times,” “USA Today,” the “Boston Globe,” the “Washington Post,” CBS’s “Face the Nation” and National Public Radio. The Carpenter Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Fitzpatrick has been recognized by the University for Excellence in Public Service.


Sneak Peek

October 4, 2013

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Watch the trailer for the movie, Letters to Jackie, premiering on TLC on November 17. The film is based on the book Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation by Ellen Fitzpatrick, Professor of History at UNH. An impressive list of Hollywood actors read letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s assassination, including Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Chris Cooper, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis.

Read a glowing review of the movie in the LA Times.


April 12, 2012

Believe you have something important to offer, even if it feels like no one else thinks you do. –Ellen Fitzpatrick, UNH Professor of History


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