Ellen Fitzpatrick

Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

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Fitzpatrick's areas of expertise are in modern American political and intellectual history. She has written and taught extensively about twentieth century American history and the impact of politics on our understanding of the past.


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Interviewed in "Remembering John F. Kennedy's Last Speech," WGBH, August 9, 2018.
Quoted by Mabinty Quarshie in "Unbought and Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm Blazed Multiple Trails," KHOU11, February 14, 2018.
Quoted by Peter Baker in "A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach," New York Times, September 24, 2017.
Opinion: "Suffragists at the Ballot Box," Ellen Fitzpatrick, New York Times, November 10, 2016.
Guest on CNN: The gender gap in choosing a president, September 25, 2016.
Opinion: "Hillary Clinton: Victim of Her Own Success," Ellen Fitzpatrick, New York Times, July 29, 2016.
Opinion: "Hillary Clinton Makes and Inherits History," Ellen Fitzpatrick, CNN, June 7, 2016.
Research discussed by Rebecca Traister, in "‘The Highest Glass Ceiling,’ by Ellen Fitzpatrick," New York Times, March 15, 2016.
Research discussed by "UNH Historian Pens Book on Women's Quest for Presidency," Foster's Daily Democrat , February 24, 2016.
Opinion: "Playing the Woman Card," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2016.
Opinion: "The Unfavored Daughter: When Margaret Chase Smith Ran in the New Hampshire Primary," Ellen Fitzpatrick, The New Yorker, February 6, 2016.
Opinion: "America's Letters to Mourning Jackie Reveal a Nation Fractured over Civil Rights," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Talking Points Memo, November 15, 2013.
Opinion: "Worst Shutdown in Modern U.S. History," Ellen Fitzpatrick (with Theda Skocpol), CNN, October 2, 2013.
Opinion: "What the Polls Can't Tell Us: Response to Uncertainties," Ellen Fitzpatrick, New York Times, January 17, 2012.
Opinion: "What History Tells Us about the New Hampshire Primary," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Washington Post, January 11, 2012.
Interviewed in "The Jacqueline Kennedy Tapes: Beyond the Gossip," Boston Globe, September 24, 2011.
Opinion: "Kennedy Condolence Letters Shed Light on an Era of Hope," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Huffington Post, April 20, 2010.
Opinion: "Kennedy Commitment Has Stood the Test of Time," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Boston Globe, September 6, 2009.


"Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation" (Ecco, 2010, paperback 2011).
Offers the first published collection of some of the voluminous correspondence written by Americans in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Capturing the extraordinary eloquence of "ordinary" Americans across generations, regions, race, political leanings, and religions, the messages convey how Americans viewed John F. Kennedy and the struggles of the nation at a cataclysmic moment in our history.
"History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980" (Harvard University Press, 2002, paperback 2004).
Analyzes American historical writing over a century focusing on how the evolution of the nation and its politics influenced the way historians viewed the past.
"America in Modern Times" (with Alan Brinkley) (McGraw-Hill, 1996).
Offers an overview of American history from the 1890s to the end of the twentieth century that examines key social, economic, and political developments.
"Muckraking: Three Landmark Articles" (St. Martin's Press, 1994).
Offers reprints of essays by Lincoln Steffens, Ray Stannard Baker, and Ida Tarbell to convey the texture, tone, and purpose of the muckraking journalism that shaped American political, intellectual and cultural life in the early twentieth century.
"Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform" (Oxford University Press, 1990, paperback 1993).
Studies the ways in which the newly emerging late nineteenth century social sciences shaped early twentieth century social reform.