Dolley Madison: The Enemy Cannot Frighten a Free People

Dolley Madison: The Enemy Cannot Frighten a Free People

by Zachary Kent
     
 

As British soldiers marched toward Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1814, Dolley Madison bravely stayed at the White House waiting for her husband, President James Madison. Most residents had already fled the city, but Dolley had to save important documents and valuables from the White House. She left the city only hours before the British arrived. Dolley Madison had

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As British soldiers marched toward Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1814, Dolley Madison bravely stayed at the White House waiting for her husband, President James Madison. Most residents had already fled the city, but Dolley had to save important documents and valuables from the White House. She left the city only hours before the British arrived. Dolley Madison had been a leading social and political figure in Washington for many years and helped to rebuild the American capital. Author Zachary Kent explores the life of this First Lady from her humble childhood to her legacy as a national hero.

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VOYA - Chris Carlson
Authors of this series use primary and secondary sources to place well-known American figures in the context of events in the United States during their lifetimes. Each book begins with the description of a significant incident in the person's life. While giving readers insight into how the person was perceived by others who lived at the same time, the authors also present interesting trivia to engage readers. Dolley Madison, an influential member of the political elite of the time, was responsible for saving many historical documents from being destroyed when the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The first inaugural ball took place during James Madison's term, cementing Dolley as a primary influence on the social climate of the presidency. Other titles in this series include Billy the Kid, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Jesse James, John Brown, and Johnny Appleseed. Short and visually appealing, these books should attract reluctant readers and serve as a starting point for reports. Each book provides a bibliography of recent books, as well as Web sites that can be accessed for further information. Included is a chronology highlighting not only important dates in the person's life but also important historical events that contribute to a better understanding of the subject of the biography. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
As the wife of the fourth president of the United States, Dolley Madison moved beyond her Quaker upbringing in Virginia and into the new White House in Washington DC. By all accounts, she was a bright and lively woman, who developed a new style of politicking and came to be called "the First Lady" of her country. Her life had its share of tragedy, losing her first husband and a young son to the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Her mother's boardinghouse in Philadelphia was home to lawyer Aaron Burr, who introduced the young widow to the serious congressional representative from New York, James Madison. Although Madison was eighteen years older than she was, Dolley greatly admired the young politician and in September of 1795, they were married. Shunned by the Quakers for marrying outside their religious society, the two nonetheless became a popular couple in political circles when Thomas Jefferson asked Madison to be his Secretary of State. Dolley functioned as hostess for many of Jefferson's state events, and so it was an easy fit for her to move into the White House when Madison was elected in 1808. This biography covers her life from childhood through the White House years and on through her fundraising for the Washington Monument at age eighty. She saved many early American artifacts from invading British troops during the War of 1812 and redefined the role of a president's wife—a definition still in place today. As part of the "Americans: Spirit of a Nation" series, this entry is a welcome addition to middle school libraries. The book is filled with both her life story and the story of a young nation, including details about political and social conventions. A chronology, glossary, index and chapter notes make it a rich informational text for middle school researchers. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766033566
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Americans—the Spirit of a Nation Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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