First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women

By Susan Swain

A glance contained in the own lifetime of each first woman in American background, in response to unique interviews with significant historians

C-SPAN’s yearlong historical past sequence, First women: effect and Image, featured interviews with greater than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. during this informative e-book, those specialists paint intimate pics of all forty-five first ladies—their lives, pursuits, and specific partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN crew elicit the main points that made those ladies who they have been: how Martha Washington deliberately set the factors by way of first women for the subsequent century; how Edith Wilson used to be complicit within the cover-up while President Wilson turned incapacitated after a stroke; and the way Mamie Eisenhower used the hot medium of tv to enhance her, and her husband’s, confident public images.

This ebook presents an up-close ancient examine those attention-grabbing ladies who survived the scrutiny of the White apartment, occasionally at nice own price, whereas assisting their households and recognized husbands—and occasionally altering background. entire with illustrations and crucial biographical info, it really is an illuminating, enjoyable, and finally inspiring read.

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5000, or e mail distinct. markets@perseusbooks. com. publication layout by means of BackStory layout Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Swain, Susan. First women : best presidential historians at the lives of forty five iconic American ladies / Susan Swain and C-SPAN. —First variation. pages cm comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-61039-567-0 (EB) 1. Presidents’ spouses—United States—Biography. I. C-SPAN (Television community) II. name. III. identify: prime presidential historians at the lives of forty five iconic American ladies. E176. 2. S84 2015 973. 09'9—dc23 2014047710 First variation 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 i am getting via with a bit support from my associates… C-SPAN is directing any royalties from the sale of this booklet to the non-profit C-SPAN schooling origin, which creates historical past and civics educating fabrics for heart and highschool lecturers and scholars. CONTENTS A be aware to Readers on type advent Foreword: Richard Norton Smith Martha Dandridge Washington Patricia Brady | Richard Norton Smith Abigail Smith Adams Edith Gelles | C. James Taylor Martha Wayles Jefferson Catherine Allgor | William Seale Dolley Payne Madison Catherine Allgor | Edith Mayo Elizabeth Kortright Monroe Daniel Preston | Richard Norton Smith Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams Amanda Mathews | Richard Norton Smith Rachel Donelson Jackson Patricia Brady | Michael Henderson Hannah Hoes Van Buren Patricia Brady | Michael Henderson Anna Symmes Harrison Edith Mayo | Edna Greene Medford Letitia Christian Tyler | Julia Gardiner Tyler Edna Greene Medford | Taylor Stoermer Sarah Childress Polk Paul Finkelman | Conover Hunt Margaret Smith Taylor Paul Finkelman | Conover Hunt Abigail Powers Fillmore Paul Finkelman | Conover Hunt Jane Appleton Pierce Ann Covell Harriet Lane Ann Covell | Feather Schwartz Foster Mary Todd Lincoln Richard Norton Smith | Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Eliza McCardle Johnson Jacqueline Berger | Kendra Hinkle Julia Dent furnish Pamela Sanfilippo | William Seale Lucy Webb Hayes Allida Black | Tom Culbertson Lucretia Rudolph Garfield Carl Sferrazza Anthony Ellen Herndon Arthur Carl Sferrazza Anthony Frances Folsom Cleveland Annette Dunlap | Taylor Stoermer Caroline Scott Harrison Edith Mayo | William Seale Ida Saxton McKinley Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Richard Norton Smith Edith Carow Roosevelt Stacy Cordery | Kathleen Dalton Helen Herron Taft Jane Hampton prepare dinner | Lewis Gould Ellen Axson Wilson | Edith Bolling Wilson John Milton Cooper | Kristie Miller Florence Kling Harding David Pietrusza | Katherine Sibley Grace Goodhue Coolidge Cyndy Bittinger | Amity Shlaes Lou Henry Hoover Emily Charnock | Annette Dunlap Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Allida Black | Douglas Brinkley Elizabeth (Bess) Wallace Truman Nicole Anslover | William Seale Mamie Doud Eisenhower Marilyn Irvin Holt | Edith Mayo Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Michael Beschloss | Barbara Perry Claudia (Lady poultry) Taylor Johnson Betty Boyd Caroli | Cokie Roberts Patricia Ryan Nixon Mary Brennan | Timothy Naftali Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Ford Richard Norton Smith Rosalynn Smith Carter Jay Hakes | Grace Hale Nancy Davis Reagan Carl Cannon | Judy Woodruff Barbara Pierce Bush Jeffrey Engel | Myra Gutin Hillary Rodham Clinton David Maraniss | Gail Sheehy Laura Welch Bush Ann Gerhart | Mark Updegrove Michelle Robinson Obama Liza Mundy | Krissah Thompson Appendix: additional info Acknowledgments Index A be aware TO READERS ON kind This booklet is an outgrowth of C-SPAN’s distinct yearlong historical past sequence, First girls: effect and picture produced by way of our community among February 2013 and 2014.

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