American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy

American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy

by Taylor and Francis
     
 

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Based on personal papers and original documents

From Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Bush to Martha Washington, here are biographical sketches of all the women who have served as First Lady. Based on personal papers and original documents, and written by leading historians and political scientists, these well-researched essays offer the latest insights

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Based on personal papers and original documents

From Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Bush to Martha Washington, here are biographical sketches of all the women who have served as First Lady. Based on personal papers and original documents, and written by leading historians and political scientists, these well-researched essays offer the latest insights about presidential wives. Each entry is a balanced, objective assesment of the historical contributions that each First Lady made to history and to the role, and how she responded to changes in the nation's highest office itself and in the evolving social demands on women.

The subjects of popular attention and controversy

These essays reveal the degree to which First Ladies since Martha Washington have been the subject of popular attention and controversy and examine how they coped with the demands of fame. Moreover, the essays assess each woman's place in defining and developing the institution of First Lady. They provide a selection of the First Lady's own writings, contemporary articles by family and friends, biographical studies of both her general surveys. An obituary is included for deceased First Ladies. Bibliographies indicate where personal papers and other manuscript sources can be found. The book also cites the location of primary sources, identifies the best biographies, and offers topics for further research.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAA detailed biographical resource that presents personality traits, health issues, friends, habits, and quotations about the First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Hillary Clinton. An extensive list of sources for more information is included for each entry. One appendix gives Siena College's "First Lady Polls" from 1982 and 1993, which rate each woman on a scale of 1 to 5 in 10 categories; another lists each president, term dates, and his First Lady or equivalent representative. Black-and-white portraits of the women are included. This is an important reference as it shows the impact these individuals have had on our history. Of the many books available on this topic, this one is the most informative and fascinating.Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
Zom Zoms
From Martha Washington to Hillary Rodham Clinton, "American First Ladies" presents accounts of 38 women and their impact upon the institution of first lady. Coverage is limited to those who were married to a president during his term of office. The impact of first ladies on all aspects of society is discussed. For example, Eliza (McCardle) Johnson's greatest contribution was her commitment to her family and husband during his presidency. Four first ladies (Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, Margaret Taylor, and Jane Pierce) left only a slight mark in history, therefore the essays on them are briefer than those on women who took an active role in society, such as Eleanor Roosevelt. A bibliographic essay concluding each treatment notes any writings by the first lady, memoirs by family and friends, biographies of her and her husband, and relevant newspaper articles; the location of her papers is given. A black-and-white portrait accompanies each entry, and a detailed index concludes the book There are many biographical compilations on these women, such as "Presidents' Wives" (McFarland, 1989) and "The First Ladies" (8th ed., White House Historical Association, 1996). However, this is the only one to include Hillary Clinton, and its biographies are the most extensive. One can see the role of the first lady evolve as one reads the chronologically presented essays. This work provides the researcher with a thorough understanding of the role these women played in our country's history and is a valuable resource for secondary-school, public, and academic libraries.
Booknews
A stylish biographical sketch of each First Lady from Martha Washington to Hillary Rodham Clinton written by 31 political historians and featuring excerpts from personal papers, family memoirs, and relevant articles. The entries include precedents which were set in the white house during that administration, e.g. Lou Hoover was the first First Lady to give a radio speech. The compilation is an interesting historical study in the perceived role of the First Lady and the personalities who shaped, defined, and resisted that perception. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815314790
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Garland Reference Library of the Humanities
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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