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Belle Moskowitz
Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith
Elisabeth Israels Perry

2002 • 288 pp. 4 illus. 6 x 9"
Biography / Women's Studies / American History

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"This compact, compassionate biography honors an extraordinary life. . . In view of the imposing obstacles she overcame, Moskowitz's achievements 50 years ago ought to encourage the pragmatic women in politics today." —David Seidman, New York Times Book Review

Now available in a new edition, this well-crafted feminist biography restores to history the career of a pioneering activist who achieved unprecedented influence in American politics.

As the closest advisor to Alfred E. Smith, four-term Democratic governor of New York and presidential candidate, Belle Moskowitz (1877-1933) was the most powerful woman in Democratic party politics during the 1920s. She served as Smith's strategist, public relations director, and campaign manager, and was a major force in shaping the social welfare programs for which his administration is best known today.

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"Belle Moskowitz belonged to a remarkable generation of skillful, energetic women whose reforming labors helped create modern urban liberalism in this century. . . . This is a fine introduction to a figure, who, like her compatriot Eleanor Roosevelt, defined the politics of her era as much as did the men who held high office."—Michael Kazin, Washington Post

Elisabeth Israels Perry, Belle Moskowitz's granddaughter, holds the John Francis Bannon Chair in U.S. History and American Studies at St. Louis University. Kathryn Kish Sklar is Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is the author of Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: The Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900 and Catharine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity.

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