Marjorie J. Spruill

Author, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Marjorie J. Spruill's Story

Marjorie J. Spruill, a historian, is the author of the highly acclaimed Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics (Bloomsbury 2017). She is well known for her work on women and politics from the woman suffrage movement to the present as well as her work on the history of the American South.

Divided We Stand addresses the rise of the modern women's rights movement to a peak period of success, the mobilization of social conservatives in opposition, and the impact on American political culture.  

Spruill worked on the book while a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her work has also been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Vanderbilt University, and the University of South Carolina.

In addition to Divided We Stand, she is the author of New Women of the New South: The Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (Oxford University Press) and  editor of five books on the woman suffrage movement, including One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement, the companion volume to the PBS documentary “One Woman, One Vote.” She also edited a two-volume textbook on the history of the American South and two anthologies about the lives and times of women in South Carolina and Mississippi.

Spruill is a native of Washington, North Carolina and received her BA in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also received an MAT from Duke University, and a MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She previously taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, and was Associate Provost and Research Professor of History at Vanderbilt.  She was a professor at the University of South Carolina from 2004 to 2017.

Recently retired from teaching, she is a University of South Carolina professor emerita, living near Charleston in Folly Beach, S.C.