Download e-book for kindle: First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 by Susan Swain,Richard Norton Smith

By Susan Swain,Richard Norton Smith


C-SPAN's year-long background sequence, "First women: impact and Image," aired in 2013 and 2014 and was once dedicated to revealing the personal lives and public activities of forty three iconic American women.

First Ladies captures the spirit of this designated sequence via assembling its notable choice of modern first women historians into booklet shape. Their unique interviews, condensed into an essay approximately every one first woman, create intimate photos of those girls, their lives, goals, and their particular partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN staff elicit the main points that made those girls who they have been. you will learn how Martha Washington deliberately set the factors by means of first women for the subsequent century; how Lucretia Garfield calmed the kingdom within the wake of her husband's capturing simply 4 months into his presidency; and the way Mamie Eisenhower harnessed the arrival of tv to enhance her and her husband's optimistic public images.

First Ladies informs its readers in fascinating methods approximately America's such a lot recognized first girls, resembling Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama. but, a few of its best possible gem stones are inside the lives of first girls whose tales were misplaced to the pages of historical past or overshadowed via their strong presidential partners—Louisa Catherine Adams, Jane Pierce, Sarah Polk, Frances Cleveland, and Edith Wilson. what's eventually unraveled within the publication is the untold half the tale: how American girls lived, labored, and thrived over two hundred+ years of history.

The function of first girls in our political tradition has lengthy been a subject matter of vigorous debate. This publication presents an intimate old examine the attention-grabbing girls who endured within the glare that's the White residence, assisting their households and recognized husbands and occasionally altering background. you can find it illuminating, exciting, and eventually inspiring.

Illustrated, and together with either the elemental biographical details and a wealthy examine the general public and internal lives of the 1st girls, this publication is a source, a desirable learn, and a stunning gift.

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