American First Ladies

Their Lives and Their Legacy

Author: Lewis L. Gould

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135311552

Category: History

Page: 704

View: 4841

This volume presents thirty-nine interpretive biographical essays on all first ladies, from Martha Washington to America's newest First Lady, Laura Bush. This new edition contains updated material on all the living First Ladies and updated bibliographies for each entry, as well as a portrait of the newest First Lady.

First Ladies

Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women

Author: Susan Swain,C-SPAN

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610395670

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 5073

C-SPAN's year-long history series, "First Ladies: Influence and Image," aired in 2013 and 2014 and was devoted to revealing the private lives and public actions of 43 iconic American women. First Ladies captures the spirit of this special series by assembling its impressive collection of contemporary first ladies historians into book form. Their original interviews, condensed into an essay about each first lady, create intimate portraits of these women, their lives, ambitions, and their unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were. You'll read how Martha Washington intentionally set the standards followed by first ladies for the next century; how Lucretia Garfield calmed the nation in the wake of her husband's shooting just four months into his presidency; and how Mamie Eisenhower harnessed the advent of television to reinforce her and her husband's positive public images. First Ladies informs its readers in interesting ways about America's most well-known first ladies, such as Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama. Yet, some of its very best gems are contained in the lives of first ladies whose stories had been lost to the pages of history or overshadowed by their powerful presidential partners—Louisa Catherine Adams, Jane Pierce, Sarah Polk, Frances Cleveland, and Edith Wilson. What is ultimately unraveled in the book is the untold half of the story: how American women lived, worked, and thrived over 200+ years of history. The role of first ladies in our political culture has long been a subject of lively debate. This book provides an intimate historical look at the interesting women who persevered in the glare that is the White House, supporting their families and famous husbands and sometimes changing history. You'll find it illuminating, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring. Illustrated, and including both the basic biographical information and a rich look at the public and inner lives of the first ladies, this book is a resource, a fascinating read, and a beautiful gift.

First Women

The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

Author: Kate Andersen Brower

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062679341

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 5023

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. One of the most underestimated—and challenging—positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House. Now, as she did in her smash #1 bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources—from residence staff and social secretaries to friends and political advisers—to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined that role since 1960. Brower offers new insights into this privileged group of remarkable women, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The stories she shares range from the heartwarming to the shocking and tragic, exploring everything from the first ladies’ political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. She also offers insight as to what Melania Trump might hope to accomplish as First Lady. Candid and illuminating, this first group biography of the modern first ladies provides a revealing look at life upstairs and downstairs at the world’s most powerful address.

America's First Ladies

Their Uncommon Wisdom, from Martha Washington to Laura Bush

Author: Bill Adler

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing

ISBN: 1461702984

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 3009

Here are the personal philosophies, opinions, thoughts, witticisms, and feelings of such upstanding and quintessential Americans as Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Clinton. These women have been more than just wives of American Presidents. Their roles have included everything from negotiating with heads of state to redecorating the White House, from debating political issues to acting as advisors, confidantes, and diplomats. Through statements made during press interviews and in speeches and in writing, these women put into words what might otherwise have remained private: Abigail Adams proves herself to be a pioneer feminist; Eleanor Roosevelt defines life's ultimate success; Lady Bird Johnson recounts a soul-enriching boat ride; and much more. What they have to say about marriage, child-rearing, success, happiness, beauty in the world, education, careers for women, women in politics, relationships, growing old, love, and living life to the fullest is powerful and profound. The pronouncements, pet peeves, gibes, and joys revealed in America's First Ladies add texture to the more secretive administrations, and color to the sterner and more stoic ones.

The First Ladies

Author: Margaret Brown Klapthor,Allida Mae Black

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780912308838

Category: History

Page: 95

View: 6011

The First Ladies The First Ladies profiles the many courageous women, from Martha Washington to Laura Welch Bush, who have served the presidency and the Nation and maintained one of the most appealing traditions of the White House--hospitality. Each woman profiled in this book has a unique story and an important place in history. This book describes the fascinating stories of how the first ladies served as advocates and volunteers. It also offers remarkable portraits of the first ladies, which were drawn from the White House collection.

A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies

Author: Kathleen Krull

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062381083

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 669

Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award-winner Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . . , Giants of Science, and A Kid’s Guide to America’s Bill of Rights. This time, she introduces readers to the women of the White House in A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies! The book includes a section introducing kids to Melania Trump. Find out what our country’s First Ladies thought, did, and advocated for as they moved into the White House. Why did the Patriots love Martha Washington? What causes did Eleanor Roosevelt support and lead? What did Jacqueline Kennedy do to establish her legacy long after she left the White House? How did Hillary Clinton turn her role as First Lady into a political career of her own? Packed with anecdotes and sidebars, a timeline of the advancement of women’s rights, and humorous illustrations and portraits, Kathleen Krull’s introduction to the First Ladies of the United States brings vividly to life the women to hold the role as they paved the way for American women in times of change.

Inventing a Voice

The Rhetoric of American First Ladies of the Twentieth Century

Author: Molly Meijer Wertheimer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742529717

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 486

View: 2154

Inventing a Voice is a comprehensive work on the lives and communication of twentieth-century first ladies. Using a rhetorical framework, the contributors look at the speaking, writing, media coverage and interaction, and visual rhetoric of American first ladies from Ida Saxton McKinley to Laura Bush. The women's rhetorical devices varied some practiced a rhetoric without words, while others issued press releases, gave speeches, and met with various constituencies. All used interpersonal or social rhetoric to support their husbands' relationships with world leaders, party officials, boosters, and the public. Featuring an extensive introduction and chapter on the 'First Lady as a Site of 'American Womanhood, '' Wertheimer has gathered a collection that includes the post-White House musings of many first ladies, capturing their reflections on public expectations and perceived restrictions on their communication."

First Ladies

A Biographical Dictionary

Author: Dorothy Schneider,Carl J. Schneider

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438127502

Category: Electronic books

Page: 449

View: 610

A biographical dictionary profiling first ladies of the United States, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.

America's First Ladies

Author: Betty Boyd Caroli

Publisher: Readers Digest


Category: History

Page: 224

View: 943

Illuminating the role of the President's wife over the centuries, stories and anecdotes offer a look at each of the First Ladies and show how their individual styles impacted American culture

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

Author: Nancy Hendricks

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610698835

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 3845

Meet the First Ladies of the United States—sometimes inspiring, sometimes tragic, always fascinating—women who, though often unsung, helped hold the nation together in its infancy and advance it as a world power. • Overviews the social, political, and cultural significance of America's First Ladies in a convenient, chronological, reference format • Includes letters, notes, and speeches that allow the First Ladies to speak for themselves • Features engaging and informative sidebars that place the First Ladies in the cultural context of their times • Shares the 2014 First Ladies Ranking from the Siena Research Institute • Facilitates student research through an extensive reading guide and a list of online resources that will foster critical reading, thinking, and writing skills

First Ladies of the Republic

Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role

Author: Jeanne E. Abrams

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 147988653X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 6674

How the three inaugural First Ladies defined the role for future generations, and carved a space for women in America America’s first First Ladies—Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison—had the challenging task of playing a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American presidency to a fledgling nation and to the world. In First Ladies of the Republic, Jeanne Abrams breaks new ground by examining their lives as a group. From their visions for the future of the burgeoning new nation and its political structure, to ideas about family life and matrimony, these three women had a profound influence on one another’s views as they created the new role of presidential spouse. Martha, Abigail and Dolley walked the fine line between bringing dignity to their lives as presidential wives, and supporting their husbands’ presidential agendas, while at the same time, distancing themselves from the behavior, customs and ceremonies that reflected the courtly styles of European royalty that were inimical to the values of the new republic. In the face of personal challenges, public scrutiny, and sometimes vocal criticism, they worked to project a persona that inspired approval and confidence, and helped burnish their husbands’ presidential reputations. The position of First Lady was not officially authorized or defined, and the place of women in society was more restricted than it is today. These capable and path-breaking women not only shaped their own roles as prominent Americans and “First Ladies,” but also defined a role for women in public and private life in America.

First Ladies

Author: Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780688125752

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 6507

Examines the public and private roles of the first ladies, and traces their influence on American politics and history

Secret Lives of the First Ladies

What Your Teachers Never Told You about the Women of the White House

Author: Cormac O'Brien

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 9781594740145

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 3255

Presents profiles and little-known facts about the First Ladies.

Unusual for Their Time

On the Road with America's First Ladies

Author: Andrew Och

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943226276

Category: Presidents' spouses

Page: 428

View: 9893

In this second volume, author Andrew Och continues his travels to "to nearly every city, town, village, home, school, church, birthplace, cemetery, train station, farm, plantation, library, museum, general store, town center and cottage" that relates to America's first ladies from Edith Roosevelt, wife of Theodore, to Melania Trump.

What's the Big Deal about First Ladies

Author: Ruby Shamir

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039954724X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5357

Discusses what made each first lady unique and describes their role, ambitions, and partnerships with their presidential husbands.

First Ladies

An Intimate Group Portrait of White House Wives

Author: Margaret Truman

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 030742054X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 5909

This well-informed, intimate look at 29 women whose lives were intertwined with those who lead and have led this country presents forthright interviews with Lady Bird Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and others, while warmly recalling Pat Nixon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Ms. Truman's legendary frankness is present but so, too, is a generosity of spirit. Photos throughout. From the Hardcover edition.

First Ladies and American Women

In Politics and at Home

Author: Jill Abraham Hummer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700623808

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 442

The book tells the story of first ladies and American women, as it unfolds through decades of turbulence, progress, and uncertainty.

America's first ladies

private lives of the presidential wives

Author: Diana Dixon Healy

Publisher: Scribner


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

View: 4875

From Martha Washington to Nancy Reagan, this sensitive yet humorous study examines the role of presidential wives in American political and cultural life, the personality and values of each of these women, and the changes they have undergone during theirh

First Ladies

Women who Called the White House Home

Author: Beatrice Gormley

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 9780590255189

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 2431

Biographies of the women who have been First Ladies of the United States