Annette Baldwin as Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson


For twenty years, between the late 1930s and late 1950s, Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961) was a force to be reckoned with. She became internationally famous after interviewing Hitler in 1931 and subsequently being expelled from Germany for her views of the soon-to-be-appointed chancellor.  Her opinions and prophesies were read in a three-times a week nationally-syndicated newspaper column, a  monthly column for the Ladies Home Journal Magazine, as well as being heard over network radio and from lecterns throughout the country.

According to Time magazine in 1939, Dorothy Thompson and Eleanor Roosevelt were “the most influential women in the U.S.”  Thompson graduated from Lewis Institute (now IIT) in Chicago and earned her B.A. from Syracuse University in 1914.  For a little more than a decade, she was married to novelist Sinclair Lewis.  Thompson helped shape mid-twentieth-century public opinion on international affairs and U.S. politics, while simultaneously advising on family life, education, juvenile crime, technology, and whatever else was on her mind. In listening to Dorothy Thompson’s opinions, analysis and conclusions through Annette’s portrayal of the “First Lady of American Journalism,” you will perhaps be stunned to discover the similarities between the issues Thompson addressed half a century ago and those we face today.

A portion of the original research for this program was conducted onsite at Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, drawn on the Dorothy Thompson Papers.   Syracuse University is Dorothy Thompson’s alma matre.

Kind words about the program

Annette Baldwin mesmerized us with her portrayal of Thompson.

Jane Adams, High Plains Chautauqua Program Director

Excellent! Fantastic! Her voice is needed today.


I felt as if I was actually listening to Dorothy and sitting in her home.


Informative! Funny! Thought provoking! 

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The first woman to run for United States President?  It was Victoria Claflin Woodhall, running under the Equal Rights Party in 1872.  Her opponents? Ulysses S. Grant (R) and Horace Greeley(D).

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