American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy [NOOK Book]


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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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

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
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 (
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135311551
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: The First Lady as Symbol and Institution ix
Contributors xv
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
Appendix A The Siena College First Lady Polls, 1982, 1993 447
Appendix B Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-2001 449
Portrait Credits 451
Index 453
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