The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, An Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Feb 1, 2011 - History - 192 pages
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The Legacies and Personalities that built the White House

As a young nation grew into its own, it was not just the presidents who led the way. The remarkable women of the White House, often neglected by history, had a heavy hand in the shaping of America. The earliest First Ladies of the United States left countless untold legacies behind after their role at the White House was over.

Decidedly different from their modern day counterparts, the nation's first presidential wives made their impact not in terms of political policy or broad social and civic service, but instead with unique, personal, and often long-lasting accomplishments.

Read the unforgettable stories of how:

Martha Washington set the tone for First Ladies and walked the fine line between royal pretention and republican accessibility.

Sarah Polk worked diligently, constantly giving the high office her utmost attention.

Julia Grant not only adapted to the ups and downs of her husband's political career, but flourished wherever she landed.

And it was Nellie Taft's ambition that ultimately led her husband to the presidency.

 

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Contents

Martha Washington 17311802
1
Abigail Adams 17441818
7
Dolley Madison 17681849
14
Louisa Adams 17751852
21
Rachel Jackson 17671828
27
Julia Tyler 182089
33
Sarah Polk 180391
39
Three Reclusives and Miss Lane
45
Nellie Taft 18611943
95
Ellen Wilson 18601914
102
Edith Wilson 18721961
109
Florence Harding 18601924
117
Grace Coolidge 18791957
124
Lou Hoover 18741944
131
Eleanor Roosevelt 18841962
139
Bess Truman 18851982
145

Mary Lincoln 181882
55
Julia Grant 18261902
62
Lucy Hayes 183189
69
Frances Cleveland 18641947
75
Caroline Harrison 183292
83
Edith Roosevelt 18611948
89
Mamie Eisenhower 18961979
151
Authors Note
158
Bibliography
163
About the Author
177
Back Cover
178
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About the author (2011)

Researching the subject for more than 40 years, Feather Schwartz Foster has given more than 200 lectures about the women whose marriages are included in the book, including the Christopher Wren Society in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also is a "Resident Guest" at the President's Park in Williamsburg.

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