Books and Articles


Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home between the Wars (Basic Books, 2020).

Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Harvard U. Press, 2000).

No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States, editor (Oxford U. Press, 2000).

Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women, revised edition, co-editor with

  Jeanne Boydston, Ann Braude, Lori D. Ginzberg, and Molly Ladd-Taylor, (Northeastern U. Press, 1996)

A Woman Making History: Mary Ritter Beard Through Her Letters (Yale U. Press, 1991).

The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale U. Press., 1987).

The Bonds of Womanhood: 'Woman's Sphere' in New England, l780‑l835 (Yale U. Press, 1977; 2d  ed.

  with new preface, 1997).

Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women (E.P.Dutton, l972)


ARTICLES  (selected list from twenty-five years only)

“Making and Circulating the News in an Illiberal Age,” Journal of American History 104:3 (Dec. 2017).

"How History Matters in Same-Sex Marriage Rights," in Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories, ed. Julia Moses (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

"Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz," in Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on

 Marriage, Crisis, and Nation, ed. Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy (NY: Oxford, 2016).

"Which History in Obergefell v. Hodges? AHA Perspectives, July 2015.

"In Same-Sex Marriage Case, A Contest over History," Boston Review, July 2015.

"Revisiting the Transatlantic 1920s: Vincent Sheean vs. Malcolm Cowley," American Historical Review 118 (February 2013), 46-75.

"No Objections: What History Tells Us about Same-sex Marriage," Boston Review, January 2011.

"The Public Stake," in Just Marriage, Mary Lynn Shanley et al., (NY, Oxford U Press, 2004), 33-36.

“Public Emblem, Private Realm: Family and Polity in the United States,” in Democratic Vistas,  ed.

  Anthony Kronman, (New Haven: Yale U. Press, 2004).

“Women’s Rights Talk,” American Studies in Scandinavia 32:2 (2000), 18-29.

"Marriage and Women's Citizenship in the United States, 1830-1934," American Historical Review 103:5

   (Dec. 1998), 1440-74.

"Justice for All?  Marriage and Deprivation of Citizenship in the United States," in Justice and Injustice,

  ed. Austin Sarat (Ann Arbor: U. Mich, 1996).

"'Giving Character to Our Whole Civil Polity': Marriage and State Authority in the Late Nineteenth

  Century," in U.S. History as Women's History, ed. Linda Kerber et al. (Chapel Hill, U.N.C.Press: 1995).

"Early Twentieth-Century Feminism in Political Context: A Comparative Look at Germany and  the

  United States," in Suffrage & Beyond, ed. Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (Auckland, NZ: Auckland

  U.P., 1994).