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

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

Susan Swain


A glance contained in the own lifetime of each first woman in American historical past, in line with unique interviews with significant historians

C-SPAN’s yearlong historical past sequence, First girls: effect and Image, featured interviews with greater than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. during this informative e-book, those specialists paint intimate pix of all forty-five first ladies—their lives, pursuits, and precise 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 criteria by way of first girls for the subsequent century; how Edith Wilson used to be complicit within the cover-up while President Wilson grew to become incapacitated after a stroke; and the way Mamie Eisenhower used the recent medium of tv to enhance her, and her husband’s, optimistic public images.

This e-book offers an up-close old examine those attention-grabbing ladies who survived the scrutiny of the White condo, occasionally at nice own fee, whereas helping their households and well-known husbands—and occasionally altering heritage. whole with illustrations and crucial biographical information, it's an illuminating, exciting, and eventually inspiring read.

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