America's First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 13, 2015 - History - 408 pages
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More than simply serving as America's "hostesses," many of the nation's First Ladies played vital roles in shaping their husband's presidency and serving as political activists in their own right. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, their inspiring stories come alive in this handsomely illustrated encyclopedia. Within its pages, the First Ladies are revealed as human beings who, one day, awoke to find the eyes of the world upon them.

The book differs from others by showcasing America's First Ladies in their own words, as flesh-and-blood individuals. Readers will discover which First Lady held off Napoleon's army with a toy sword, why women had to be "pale, frail, and ailing," and which First Lady was called "Sunshine" and which was "Hellcat." Each entry includes a biographical essay that details the life of the woman and places her within the political, social, and cultural context of her time. Each also offers a related primary document that helps define the First Lady's legacy as well as a short bibliography for further information. Written in a lively, compelling style, this highly readable volume is perfect for junior high, high school, and college students as well as the general public.

 

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Contents

Martha Washington
1
Abigail Adams
10
Martha Jefferson
19
Dolley Madison
26
Elizabeth Monroe
35
Louisa Catherine Adams
43
Rachel Jackson
51
Angelica Van Buren
59
Helen Taft
212
Ellen Wilson
220
Edith Wilson
229
Florence Harding
238
Grace Coolidge
247
Lou Hoover
256
Eleanor Roosevelt
265
Bess Truman
275

Anna Harrison
67
Letitia Tyler
71
Julia Tyler
77
Sarah Polk
85
Margaret Taylor
93
Abigail Fillmore
101
Jane Pierce
108
Harriet Lane
116
Mary Lincoln
125
Eliza Johnson
134
Julia Grant
143
Lucy Hayes
151
Lucretia Garfield
160
Ellen Arthur
169
Frances Cleveland
177
Caroline Harrison
186
Ida McKinley
195
Edith Roosevelt
203
Mamie Eisenhower
284
Jacqueline Kennedy
293
Lady Bird Johnson
302
Pat Nixon
310
Betty Ford
319
Rosalynn Carter
328
Nancy Reagan
337
Barbara Bush
345
Hillary Clinton
354
Laura Bush
363
Michelle Obama
372
First Ladies of the United States in Chronological Order 17892015
381
Siena College Research InstituteCSPAN Study Rankings of the First Ladies of the United States 2014 Survey
383
Online Resources
387
Bibliography
389
Index
393
About the Author
409
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About the author (2015)

Nancy Hendricks, PhD, is an award-winning historian who holds a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas.

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