Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's first ladies

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University of Kansas Publications, 2010 - History - 348 pages
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"Miller (Isabella Greenway: An Enterprising Woman) explores how Woodrow Wilson's two wives influenced his time in office, drawing a close connection between personal struggle and political action. Dying of kidney failure just 18 months after Wilson's first inauguration, his wife Ellen Axson had been "quiet, intellectual, dutiful, and frugal." An artist of modest talent who sought success by dedicating herself to her husband's promising career rather than her own, Ellen broadened Wilson's appreciation of art and literature, made translations and digests for his early writing, suggested revisions for books and speeches, and helped him select advisers. An intensely loving partner who struggled with depression, Ellen tolerated and even abetted Wilson's intense, possibly sexual, relationship with another woman. She was also the first presidential wife to lobby for her favorite cause: urban renewal. Fifteen months after Ellen's death, Wilson married a "flamboyant, confident, and fashionable" widow, Edith Bolling Galt, who would become infamous for usurping executive power after Wilson was debilitated by a stroke during his second term, though Miller maintains a scholarly detachment in recounting these possibly world-changing events. This latest installment in the University Press of Kansas's Modern First Ladies series may alter some readers' opinions of our nation's 28th president. 22 photos. (Oct.)"--Publishers Weekly Reviews [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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Review: Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies (Modern First Ladies)

User Review  - Rebecca Coday - Goodreads

Sadly this is still mostly about President Wilson than it is about his two wives, its as if the author keeps forgetting that she's supposed to be writing about them. Still, it is well written and some good information is given about their lives. Read full review

Review: Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies (Modern First Ladies)

User Review  - Kevin Kosar - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book---who knew Woodrow Wilson was such a passionate fellow. I reviewed it in the Weekly Standard magazine in May 2011: http://www.weeklystandard.com/article... Read full review


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Kristie Miller, an author and journalist, is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the La Salle, Illinois, "NewsTribune". Her previous books include "Isabella Greenway: An Enterprising Woman" and "Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics". She lives in McLean, Virginia.

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