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Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon

Keynote Speaker: Award Winning Author, Historian & Feminist

Linda Gordon Biography

Linda Gordon was born in Chicago but considers Portland, Oregon, her home town. Her early ambition was to become a professional dancer but when she found she wasn’t good enough, she packed that in and went to college at Swarthmore. She went on to study Russian History at Yale, receiving a Ph.D. in 1970. She published her dissertation on the origins of the Zaporogian (Ukrainian) cossacks, but soon left that region behind to become one of a pioneering generation of historians of the US examining women and gender. An active participant in the women’s-liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, she and her long-time collaborator Rosalyn Baxandall edited two books providing crucial views of that movement’s contributions: America’s Working Women and Dear Sisters: Dispatches from Women’s Liberation.

Gordon taught first at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and then at the University of Wisconsin in ​Madison where she was awarded the university's most prestigious chair professorship, the Vilas Research Chair. Today she is a professor of history at NYU, teaching courses on gender, social movements, imperialism and the 20th-century US in general. She has won many prestigious awards, including Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Radcliffe Institute and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center fellowships.

For the first part of her career, most of Gordon’s writing examined the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates in the US, particularly as they concern gender and family issues. Her first book, Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America, published in 1976 and reissued in 1990, remains the definitive history of birth-control politics in the US. It was completely revised and re-published as The Moral Property of Women in 2002.

In 1988 she published a historical study of how the US has dealt with family violence, including child abuse, book, spousal violence and sexual abuse. Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence won the Joan Kelly prize of the American Historical Association. Gordon served on the Departments of Justice/​Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Violence Against Women for the Clinton administration (a council abolished by the Bush administration).

Her history of welfare, Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, won the Berkshire Prize and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award. She was active with the failed campaign of a group of scholars of welfare protesting the repeal of Aid to Families with Dependent Children in 1996.

Changing direction, Gordon explored narrative, or story-telling history as a way of bringing large-scale historical developments to life. A westerner herself, she wanted to write stories that would help to counteract the east-coast bias in the way American history has been told. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, the story of a vigilante action against Mexican-Americans, won the Bancroft prize for best book in American history and the Beveridge prize for best book on the history of the Western Hemisphere.

Her biography of photographer Dorothea Lange (Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits) published by W.W.Norton in 2009, won many prizes: the Bancroft prize for best book in US history (making Gordon one of a very few ever to win this award twice); the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography; and the National Arts Club prize for best arts writing, to name a few. In the process of researching that book, she discovered an important group of Lange photographs long unnoticed and never published: photographs of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, commissioned by the US Army but then impounded because they were too critical of the internment policy. Gordon selected 119 of this images and published them, with introductory essays by herself and by historian Gary Okihiro, as Impounded: Dorothea Lange and Japanese Americans in World War II.

In 2017, Gordon published The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.

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Linda Gordon Videos

Linda Gordon, The Second Coming of the KKK"
Dorothea Lange: Life, Politics, and Work": A lecture by Dr. Linda ...
Professor Linda Gordon, Ph.D. History of the Women's Movement in ...

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All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Linda Gordon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Linda Gordon for your next private or corporate function.

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All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Linda Gordon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Linda Gordon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Linda Gordon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including American History, Inspirational and Women. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Linda Gordon generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rebecca Walker, Diane Guerrero and Alice Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Linda Gordon for an upcoming event.

Linda Gordon Videos

Linda Gordon, The Second Coming of the KKK"
Dorothea Lange: Life, Politics, and Work": A lecture by Dr. Linda ...
Professor Linda Gordon, Ph.D. History of the Women's Movement in ...
History of Birth Control - NYU Historian Linda Gordon at OAH in ...

How to book Linda Gordon?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Linda Gordon for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Linda Gordon, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Linda Gordon or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Linda Gordon?

Booking fees for Linda Gordon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Linda Gordon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Linda Gordon?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Linda Gordon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Linda Gordon for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Linda Gordon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Linda Gordon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Linda Gordon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including American History, Inspirational and Women. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Linda Gordon generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rebecca Walker, Diane Guerrero and Alice Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Linda Gordon for an upcoming event.

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