Dolley Madison: Her Life, Letters, and Legacy (Library of American Lives and Times)

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Meet Dolley Madison, a gracious figure who was well known and loved in 1800s' America. Part biography, part psychological profile, this book intertwines events in Dolley's life with the cultural and political climate of the day, creating a portrait of a woman who marked her place in U.S. history. Perhaps most interesting are the chapters describing Dolley's role as the wife of James Madison, fourth U.S. president. Dolley was committed to portraying the young government in a positive, aristocratic light and worked hard to create a welcoming environment at the newly constructed White House in Washington, D.C. She decorated and furnished the White House; she organized and hosted numerous social gatherings, including the first-ever inaugural ball; and she supported her husband in his role as the nation's leader. Called a "politician" by the authors, Dolley had a knack for making everyone feel welcome, even cranky political foes. The book also describes her as a heroine of the War of 1812, as she bravely stayed in Washington until mere hours before British troops arrived and destroyed the White House. She remained poised, cheerful, and focused throughout her life even when faced with illness, the death of those dear to her, monetary difficulties, and other trials. Plentiful photos, letters, paintings, and maps are included. Young readers should be inspired by her story. Addenda include an extensive timeline, a glossary, book and Internet resources, a bibliography, and an index. This book is part of "The Library of American Lives and Times" series. 2003, PowerPlus Books/The Rosen Publishing Group,
— Robbin Gould
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823957491
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Library of American Lives and Times
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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