Cover: Freda Kirchwey in HARDCOVER

Freda Kirchwey

A Woman of The Nation

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$80.50 • £64.95 • €72.50

ISBN 9780674318281

Publication Date: 07/01/1987


319 pages

19 halftones


Freda Kirchwey provides us with a sensitive interpretation of a major public figure. Focusing on the intersection of the personal and professional issues in Kirchwey’s life, the volume successfully weaves these strands into an integrated whole. Alpern’s book explores the new territory of professional women in the more public domain of journalism. In its biographical dimension, Alpern’s study is most valuable for the light it sheds on the efforts of early professional women to combine work and family. This thorny problem still besets us in the late twentieth century. American journalism will find a persuasive analysis of a significant periodical that helped shape (and continues to shape) American political commentary in the twentieth century. Perhaps most interesting to historians in the future is Alpern’s discussion of Kirchwey’s participation in the shifting coalitions of the new postwar world of the 1950s and the knotty problems associated with McCarthyism. This book is thoroughly researched, imaginatively conceived, and well written.—Kathryn Kish Sklar, University of California, Los Angeles

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