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Dr. Baker has written numerous books, articles and essays. Her latest book Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists was released in 2005. Dr. Baker is currently working on her next book about birth control activist, Margaret Sanger.

Books    Articles



  • Civil War and Reconstruction (New York: W.W.Norton, 2001)
    co-authored with David Donald and Michael Holt.


  • The Politics Of Continuity: Maryland Politics from 1858-1870 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1973).


  • Ambivalent Americans: The Know Nothing Party in Maryland (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1979).


  • Affairs of Party: The Political Culture of Northern Democrats in Mid-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982)
    Second edition to be published in 1988 as part of the Civil War series of Fordham University Press.




  • Maryland: A History of Its People (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987).


  • Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987).


  • The Stevensons of Illinois: A Biography of an American Family (New York: W.W.Norton, 1996).


  • Votes for Women: The Women Suffrage Battle Revisited (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), editor.


  • James Buchanan (New York: Times Life Books, 2004)


  • Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists (New York: Hill and Wang, 2005)


Articles and Short Pieces

  • "Abraham Lincoln," in Reader's Companion to the American Presidency (New York: D.C. Holt, 2000).
  • "Politics, Paradigms and Public Culture", Journal of American History; (Dec 1997 Vol.84)
    (recent winner of Stephenson-Brinkley Award.)
  • "The Dark Lantern Crusade," in Law, Society and Politics in Early Maryland
    (Aubrey Lane, Lois Carr,ed., Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974).
  • "A Loyal Opposition: Northern Democrats during the Civil War," Civil War History 25 (June, 1979).
  • "Women in Utopia," in Utopias: The American Experience (Metuchen, N.J.  1981).
  • "Ceremonies of National Affirmation," in A Masterís Due: Essays in Honor of David Herbert Donald
    (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985.)
  • David Herbert Donald, in The South's Best Historians (University of Alabama Press, 1999)
  • "From Belief into Culture: Republicanism in the Antebellum North," American Quarterly 37 (Spring, 1986).
  • "Writing Female Biography," Psychohistory Review (Winter,1988).
  • "Mary Todd Lincoln," in Portraits of American Women: From Settlement to the Present
    (G.J. Barker-Benfield and Catherine Clinton,eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).
  • "Biography as Social History," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 87 (Fall, 1989).
  • "Mary Todd Lincoln: Managing Home, Husband and Children," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 11 (1990).
  • "In Eclipse: Democratic Culture and the Crucible of the Civil War," in Democrats and the American Idea: A Bicentennial Appraisal
    ( Peter Kovler,ed. Washington, D.C., : Center for National Policy Press, 1992).
  •  "In the Wilderness: Democrats from 1849-1872" in Of the People: The Two Hundred Year History of the Democratic Party
    Los Angeles: General Publishing Company, 1992).
  • "From Belief into Culture," in American Studies Today: An Introduction to Methods and Perspectives
    (Singh Amarangi, et al, eds., New Delhi:Creative Books, 1995).
  • "Lincoln and the Narrative of American Exceptionalism," in We Cannot Escape History
    (James McPherson, ed., Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996).
  • "Myra Bradwell" in American Heroes (Carolyn, ed.)
  • "Mary and Abraham," in The Lincoln Enigma, Ed. Gabor Boritt, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), 36-55.


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