A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

by Annette B. Dunlap
A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

by Annette B. Dunlap

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Overview

When Lou Henry married Herbert Hoover in February 1899, she looked forward to a partnership of equality and a life of adventure. She could fire a rifle and sit a horse as well as any man. The Quaker community of Whittier, California, where she lived as a teen, reinforced the egalitarian spirit of her upbringing. But history had other ideas for Lou Henry Hoover.

For the first fifteen years of married life, Lou globe-trotted with her husband as he pursued a lucrative career in mining engineering and consulting. World War I not only changed the map of the world, it changed the map of the Hoovers’ marriage. Herbert Hoover’s Commission for the Relief of Belgium launched him into a political career that led to the White House. Lou, who detested the limelight, led a dual life: she supported her husband’s political career, managed their multiple households, and saw to the needs of their family. Behind the scenes, she pursued her own interests.

History has long since forgotten the breadth of her achievements, but Lou Henry Hoover’s powerful legacy endures in the ongoing success of the Girl Scouts, the music and physical therapy degree programs at Stanford University, athletic opportunities for women, and the countless unknown men and women who received an education thanks to Lou’s anonymous financial support.

Conveying Lou’s humor, personality, and intelligence, A Woman of Adventure takes a fresh look at the first lady who preceded Eleanor Roosevelt and her also-extraordinary accomplishments.

 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640125223
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 06/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 501,977
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Annette B. Dunlap is an independent scholar and journalist. She is the author of Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First LadyThe Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History; and Charles Gates Dawes: A Life.
 
Annette B. Dunlap is an independent scholar and journalist. She is the author of Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady, The Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History, and Charles Gates Dawes: A Life.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Chapter 1: Avid Outdoorswoman                               
Chapter 2: The Frustration of Being a Groundbreaker                                                 
Chapter 3: Newlywed in China       
Chapter 4: Challenging Years                                                                                   
Chapter 5: Power Couple       
Chapter 6: A World and a Marriage Transformed 
Chapter 7: A New Life’s Purpose                                                                  
Chapter 8: Time of Transition                                                                           
Chapter 9: The Wearer of Many Hats                                       
Chapter 10: An Organizational Powerhouse                
Chapter 11: The Trail to the White House                                                                    
Chapter 12: An Independent-Minded First Lady     
Chapter 13: Volunteerism and Private Philanthropy                                                      
Chapter 14: Out of the Limelight                                                                                                            
Chapter 15: No Finer Example          
Notes                                                                                        
Bibliography                     
Index     

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