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   Lecture by Historian William Chafe: "Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal"

   Date : Thursday, 18 April 2013       From : 7:00pm   To : 9:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Hardie

   Event Description :

Rhodes will present a lecture by one of the preeminent historians in the nation, William Chafe. Chafeís lecture will focus on his new book, Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on the Rhodes campus.

In Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal, historian William H. Chafe argues that the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship. Each experienced a difficult childhood. Bill had an abusive stepfather, and Hillary grew up with an autocratic father and a self-sacrificing mother whose most important lesson for her daughter was the necessity of family togetherness.

The personal dynamic between them would go on to determine their political fates. Hillary was instrumental in Billís triumphs as Arkansasís governor and saved his presidential candidacy in 1992 by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating to her powers that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Always tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, from near divorce to stunning electoral and political successes.

Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University. He is the author and editor of 13 books, and his work has focused on civil rights history, womenís history, and modern political history. This past year, he was awarded the Roy Rozenzweig Prize for Distinguished Service by the Organization of American Historians.

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