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First Ladies : Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women
by Susan Swain and C-Span and Richard Norton Smith


Overview - A look inside the personal life of every first lady in American history, based on original interviews with major historians
C-SPAN's yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image , featured interviews with more than fifty preeminent historians and biographers.
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More About First Ladies by Susan Swain; C-Span; Richard Norton Smith
 
 
 
Overview
A look inside the personal life of every first lady in American history, based on original interviews with major historians
C-SPAN's yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image, featured interviews with more than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. In this informative book, these experts paint intimate portraits of all forty-five first ladies--their lives, ambitions, and unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were: how Martha Washington intentionally set the standards followed by first ladies for the next century; how Edith Wilson was complicit in the cover-up when President Wilson became incapacitated after a stroke; and how Mamie Eisenhower used the new medium of television to reinforce her, and her husband's, positive public images.
This book provides an up-close historical look at these fascinating women who survived the scrutiny of the White House, sometimes at great personal cost, while supporting their families and famous husbands--and sometimes changing history. Complete with illustrations and essential biographical details, it is an illuminating, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring read.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781610397179
  • ISBN-10: 1610397177
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 496


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > Political Science > American Government - Executive Branch
Books > History > United States - General

 
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