The petticoat affair: manners, mutiny, and sex in Andrew Jackson's White House

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Free Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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The Eaton Affair was the tabloid story of its time -- and perhaps of all time. Peggy O'Neale Eaton, the brash and unconventional wife of President Andrew Jackson's secretary of war, was branded a "loose woman" and snubbed by Washington society. The president's defense of her honor fueled intense speculation and gossip, and the scandal began.Before it was over, the entire Cabinet resigned, duels were threatened, assassinations were attempted, and John Calhoun's hopes for the White House were dashed, and Andrew Jackson's first term was nearly a failure. Washington's hostesses were the only bloody victors.Award-winning author John Marszalek systematically tracks the escalation of events in a story that teems with conspiracy, slander, and paranoia. Reaching deep into the social context of the Jacksonian Age, he shows how even the most powerful politicians ceded to an honor code that could not be broken.Both a riveting read and a fascinating window into our present-day politics of scandal,The Petticoat Affair is a deft exploration of the mores of another era brought to life by the timeless forces of ambition, conspiracy, and polit

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Review: The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House

User Review  - Lynne Burns - Goodreads

The Petticoat Affair gave me new insight to Andrew Jackson's administration, as I was not familiar with this cast of players. What a character Margaret Eaton must have been! It was a tale of a women's ... Read full review

Review: The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House

User Review  - Kevin Larose - Goodreads

A good account of the issue that consumed much of Andrew Jackson's first term. Read full review

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JOHN F. MARSZALEK is W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of History at Mississippi State University.