First Ladies and the Press: The Unfinished Partnership of the Media Age / Edition 1

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Overview


At her first press conference, Eleanor Roosevelt, uncertain of her role as hostess or leader, passed a box of candied grapefruit peel to the thirty-five women journalists. Nearly sixty years later, Hillary Clinton, an accomplished professional woman and lawyer, tried to mollify her critics by handing out her chocolate-chip cookie recipe. These exchanges tells us as much about the social--and political--roles of women in America as they do about the relation of the first lady to the press and the public. Looking at the personal interaction between each first lady from Martha Washington to Laura Bush and the mass media of her day, Maurine H. Beasley traces the growth of the institution of the first lady as a part of the American political system. Her work shows how media coverage of first ladies, often limited to stereotypical ideas about women, has not adequately reflected the importance of their role.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810123120
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Medill Visions of the American Press Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Maurine H. Beasley is a professor in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Media: A Public Quest for Self-Fulfillment (University of Illinois, 1987) and the coeditor of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism (Strata Publishing, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Eleanor Roosevelt and the "newspaper girls" 1
2 Early first ladies and the public sphere 27
3 Jackie Kennedy and the construction of Camelot 61
4 First ladies as political helpmates : Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon 89
5 First ladies and feminism : Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter 123
6 First ladies and image-making : Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush 157
7 Hillary Rodham Clinton as media polarizer 201
8 Laura Bush as emblem of national caring 225
9 Looking ahead 237
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