Gilroy’s “Shared Vision”: Highly recommended for students and scholars of American political history

Dr. Jane Gilroy documents a significant episode in American political history: the rise of Ellen McCormack, the pro-life feminist candidate for president in 1976.  McCormack received 22 delegate votes in the 1976 Democratic presidential campaign and over 200,000 votes in Democratic primaries across the nation.  The campaign reached nearly 200,000,000 persons through paid television commercials.

Dr. Gilroy’s presentation of the McCormack candidacy is factual and never opinionated, as many historical accounts of controversial candidates can be.  She traces the developments of the McCormack campaign and reaction to it from the national Democratic Party in extensive detail.

Students writing research papers on the aspects of feminist involvement in presidential politics or third-party candidates will find this work eminently quotable.  Sources are provided in footnotes, and there are appendices to support claims made throughout the book.  Moreover, scholars of American political history will find that this work fills a serious gap in the study of American politics.  Both students and scholars will find parallels with contemporary political movements in American society, such as the Tea Party movement.

Dr. Gilroy must be congratulated on a fine work of scholarship which has the added quality of being written in language that ordinary persons can not only understand, but enjoy reading.

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Dr. Jeff Koloze

Dr. Jeff Koloze (English, Kent State University) is president and founder of Koloze Consultants, whose objective is " conduct research on the life issues for presentation and publication." Before his retirement under STRS (Ohio) in 2014, Dr. Koloze was Associate Professor of English at the Cleveland, Ohio Campus of South University. His most recent administrative position was Campus College Chair for the College of Humanities, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences from 2005-2011 at the Columbus, Ohio Campus of the University of Phoenix; in 2009 he was appointed one of twelve senior research fellows for that institution. Dr. Koloze has taught communications, undergraduate and graduate English, and humanities courses since 1989 at several colleges and universities in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Springfield, Ohio metropolitan areas. His primary research interest is the presentation of the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in literature; most of his publications are available in conference proceedings and on the web. He has presented over eighty papers before academic and professional organizations on these topics, most recently at conferences at the American University of Rome (2015), Fordham University (2014), Harvard University (2010 and 2012), Ryerson University (Toronto, 2009), the University of Notre Dame (2011), and the University of San Francisco (2013). He is the author of An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, and Irving (Edwin Mellen, 2005) and Testament to a Niagara Obsession (Spare Change Press; Ten Leaves Poetry Series, 2014). Dr. Koloze invites colleagues and students to join him on Facebook, Gab, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networking services. He can be emailed at