American First Ladies / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

This up-to-date reference provides brief but thorough accounts of thirty-nine women who have served as first ladies to the presidents of the United States. Essays range in length from about four pages for Jane Pierce to seventeen pages for Eleanor Roosevelt. Each entry includes a portrait of the woman and a chronological account of her life, including information about her birth, parentage, childhood, education, engagement, marriage, children and family life, and other data that the contributors deem important. In addition, each essay attempts to relate how each first lady managed to tailor the position to suit her own personality and the way she became a helpmate, protector, confidante, hostess, interior decorator, fashion trendsetter, policymaker, or a combination of many various roles. Also mentioned are any firsts that can be attributed to the women during their time as first lady. Contributors, many of whom have written full-length biographies or other treatments of their subjects or the presidents to whom they were married, used primary source documents including personal papers, letters, and manuscripts in their research. Best suited for upper-level high school students with an interest in the subject or more advanced researchers, most articles presuppose an understanding of the political and socioeconomic climate during the time of the subject's husband's presidency. Each entry also includes a bibliographic essay outlining the location and availability of resources for the subject. Index. Illus. Photos. Appendix. 2001, Routledge, 468p. PLB $95. Ages 16 to Adult. Reviewer:Lois Parker-Hennion—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
Intended to provide the general reading public, including students, with biographical essays on each of the women who were married to the president of the United States during his term of office, this volume has been updated to cover Laura Bush, although her tenure has barely begun. Written by historians, political scientists, reporters, and other scholars, each essay presents a chronological account of the first lady's life and an effort to assess her place in the development of the institution. Bibliographical essays outline where personal papers and other relevant manuscript sources may be found, and provide a selection of the first lady's own writings, articles and memoirs by family and friends, biographical studies of her and her husband, and relevant other materials. Intended for the general reading public as well as students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415930215
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The First Lady as Symbol and Institution
1 Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 1
2 Abigail Smith Adams 11
3 Dolley Payne Todd Madison 21
4 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe 37
5 Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams 45
6 Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison 57
7 Letitia Christian Tyler 65
8 Julia Gardiner Tyler 71
9 Sarah Childress Polk 81
10 Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor 91
11 Abigail Powers Fillmore 99
12 Jane Means Appleton Pierce 107
13 Mary Ann Todd Lincoln 113
14 Eliza McCardle Johnson 125
15 Julia Dent Grant 133
16 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes 143
17 Lucretia Rudolph Garfield 153
18 Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland 161
19 Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison 171
20 Ida Saxton McKinley 183
21 Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt 195
22 Helen Herron Taft 213
23 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson 227
24 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson 237
25 Florence Mabel Kling Harding 247
26 Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge 257
27 Lou Henry Hoover 275
28 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt 285
29 Elizabeth Virginia (Bess) Wallace Truman 303
30 Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower 311
31 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 321
32 Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson 335
33 Thelma Catherine (Patricia) Ryan Nixon 351
34 Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Bloomer Ford 363
35 Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter 377
36 Nancy (Anne Frances Robbins Davis) Reagan 393
37 Barbara Pierce Bush 409
38 Hillary Rodham Clinton 425
39 Laura Welch Bush 439
App. A The Siena College First Lady Polls, 1982, 1993 447
App. B Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-2001 449
Portrait Credits 451
Index 453
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