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Overview

In this previously untold story of a unique role and its evolving definitions, Carl Sferrazza Anthony has produced "an entirely new take on the first ladyship" and "an awesome work of scholarship" (Library Journal).

Opening with a historic trip made in 1789 by Martha Washington from Mount Vernon to New York, then the capital city, First Ladies brings these women alive as never before in a saga of intertwining lives, friends, rivals, and allies. Among the women profiled in this first of a definitive two-volume history: Dolley Madison, Julia Tyler, Mary Lincoln, Julia Grant, Nellie Taft, Edith Wilson, Grace Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mamie Eisenhower. From the Federalist to the Antebellum periods, through the Gilded and Jazz ages, from the Great Depression to the Fabulous Fifties, thirty-four women confronted the towering events of American history. They also helped establish its course. We also glimpse the early years of the living First Ladies, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Barbara Bush.

This second volume of a definitive two-volume history examines a unique role and its evolution. Here is the story of the enigma and anachronism known as the first lady and an estimation of her astonishing influence. It covers the private scandals and public fervor that seven women endured during their terms of service. 50 photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780688112721
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 685
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, the author of nine books, is considered the nation's expert on the subject of presidential wives and families. He has written extensively for publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, American Heritage, Smithsonian, and Town & Country, and also writes screenplays. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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