Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotAbraham Lincoln is a much-admired president, but his wife Mary has not been held in high regard. As readers learn about her life and the tragedies that she faced they may be a little more sympathetic. She was a woman who suffered many tragedies in her life, the first being the death of her mother when she was six. Life with her new stepmother was not easy. Mary was fortunate in that her father believed in education for both girls and boys. Vivacious and intelligent, part of Mary's attraction to Lincoln was his intellectual ability and her belief that he would someday be president. Indeed, he did gain the presidency and Mary's life took a big change. She was unable to truly manage money and with the social obligations in Washington, she put the family into considerable debt. After the loss of her sons Edward and Willie and the death of her husband, Mary relied on her son Tad for comfort and support. After his death, her behavior became stranger and stranger until she was finally committed to an institution. Eventually she was released and spent her last years traveling and living at her sister's house in a darkened room--a sad end for the wife of one of our greatest presidents. The book is liberally illustrated with black-and-white and full color photographs. There is a timeline, list of all the presidents and first ladies, quick facts pages about Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln, bibliography, list of Internet sites and an index. Part of the "Encyclopedia of First Ladies" series.
Examines the life and contributions of Mary Todd Lincoln, set against the backdrop of the social and political history of her times.
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