Betty Boyd Caroli's engrossing and informative First Ladies is an essential resource for anyone interested in the role of America's First Ladies. Caroli observes the role as it has shifted and evolved from ceremonial backdrop to substantive world figure. This expanded and updated fifth edition presents Caroli's keen political analysis and astute observations of recent developments in First Lady history, including Melania Trump's reluctance to take on the mantle and former First Lady Hilary Clinton's recent run for president. Caroli here contributes a new preface and updated chapters.
Covering all forty-five women from Martha Washington to Melania Trump and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who served as First Ladies, Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. This remarkable lot included Abigail Adams, whose "remember the ladies" became a twentieth-century feminist refrain; Jane Pierce, who prayed her husband would lose the election; Helen Taft, who insisted on living in the White House, although her husband would have preferred a judgeship; Eleanor Roosevelt, who epitomized the politically involved First Lady; and Pat Nixon, who perfected what some have called "the robot image."
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About the Author
Betty Boyd Caroli is a First Lady biographer and former Professor of History at City University of New York. Her books include The Roosevelt Women, Immigrants Who Returned Home, and Inside the White House.
Susan Ericksen is a three-time Audie Award-winning narrator who has recorded over 500 books. The winner of multiple awards, including twenty-plus AudioFile Earphones Awards for both fiction and nonfiction, Susan is a classically trained actress who excels at multiple narrative styles and accents.
Table of Contents
1. Setting Precendents: The First President's Wives (1789-1829)
2. Young Substitutes for First Ladies (1829-1869)
3. Three Exceptions: Sarah Childress Polk, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Julia Dent Grant
4. The Limited Promise of the "New Woman" (1877-1901)
5. The Office of the First Lady: A Twentieth Century Development
6. The Paradoxical 1920s
7. Breaking Precedents and Reaffirming Old Ones (1933-1961)
8. The Turbulent Sixties
9. New Dimensions to the Job of First Lady (1974-1993)
10. A New Generation in the White House (1993-2017)
11. The Ever Changng Role of First Lady