Real Life at the White House : 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

San Antonio Express News
...a lively history of the families who made their homes here and the ways in which each put a personal stamp - for good or for bad - on the building.
...a lively account of private lives being lived in a public place.The Whitcombs have brought history and architecture together in a very human story of an enduring monument to American democracy.
New York Daily News
Anecdotes are very much the point of Real Life at the White House, which relates each successive family's experience there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939515
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 534
  • Sales rank: 1,040,288
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Father/daughter author team John and Claire Whitcomb have previously collaborated on Oh Say Can You See: Unexpected Anecdotes about American History (1987) and Great American Anecdotes (1994). John Whitcomb has taught American history for 32 years. Claire Whitcomb has written extensively about houses and history while on the staffs of magazines such as House & Garden, House Beautiful and Victoria.

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Table of Contents

1. GEORGE WASHINGTON, 1789-1797: The Foundation Is Laid
Creating Washington, D.C.,1790-1800
2. JOHN ADAMS, 1797-1801: The Great Castle
3. THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1801-1809: The Leveling Principles of Democracy
4. JAMES MADISON, 1809-1817: Conflagration
The Rebuilding of the White House, 1814-1817
5. JAMES MONROE, 1817-1825: Good Feelings and Gold Spoons
6. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, 1825-1829: A Dull and Stately Prison
7. ANDREW JACKSON, 1829-1837: The People's Choice
8. MARTIN VAN BUREN, 1837-1841: Felled by a Gold Spoon
9. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, March 4-April 4,1841: Mourning
10. JOHN TYLER, 1841-1845: Courtship
11.JAMES KNOX POLK, 1845-1849: Attention to Detail
12. ZACHARY TAYLOR, 1849-JULY 9, 1850: Tragedy
Souvenir Hunters
13. MILLARD FILLMORE, July 1859-March 4, 1853: The Last Whig
14. FRANKLIN PIERCE, 1853-8157: Twice Forgotten
15. JAMES BUCHANAN, 1857-1861: The Eve of Rebellion
16. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 1861-April 14, 1865: A "Whited Sepulcure"
Civil War Washington
17. ANDREW JOHNSON, 1865-1869: Traitor to Patriot
18. ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869-1877: A Bright and Beautiful Dream
19. RUTHERFORD BIRCHARD HAYES, 1877-1881: Lemonade
20. JAMES GARFIELD, March 4-September 19, 1881: Death Watch
21. CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR, 1881-1885: Tiffany Tastes
22/24. GROVER CLEVLAND, 1885-1889, 1893-1897: Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage
Ponies, Snakes, Raccoons, and Other White House Pets
25. WILLIAM McKINLEY, 1897-1901: Better Than a Bishopric
26. THEODORE ROOSEVELT, 1901-1909: The Reign of Enthusiasm
The 1902 Renovation
27. WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, 1909-1913: Not Where He Wanted to Be
28. WOODWARD WILSON, 1913-1921: Love and War
29. WARREN G. HARDING, 1921-1929: Playing the Part
30. CALVIN COOLIDGE, 1923-1929: For the Roaring Twenties, a Man of Quiet
The 1927 Rooftop Renovation
31. HERBERT HOOVER, 1929-1933: And Then the Crash
32. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, 1933-1945: Full House
33. HARRY S. TRUMAN, 1945-1953: What a Life!
34. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, 1953-1961: TV Dinners
35. JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1961-1963: Style
White House China
36. LYNDON B. JOHNSON, 1963-1969: Power
37. RICAHRD M. NIXON, 1969-1974: Caught
The Nixon Refurbishment: A Curator's View
38. GERALD R. FORD, 1974-1977: The Unelected President
39. JIMMY CARTER, 1977-1981: Down Home
40. RONALD REAGAN, 1981-1989: Perfectly Cast
41. GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, 1989-1993: Stepping Up to the Plate
A House and Eighty-Two Acres
42. WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, 1993-2001: Peephole on the Presidency
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