First ladies The ever-changing role, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump

Betty Boyd Caroli

Book - 2019

"Betty Boyd Caroli's First Ladies observes the role as it has shifted and evolved from ceremonial backdrop to substantive world figure ... This [is a] expanded and updated fifth edition ... covering all forty-three women from Martha Washington to Melania and Ivanka Trump and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who sometimes served as First Ladies. Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. First Ladies is a portrait of how each First Lady changed the role and how the role changed in response to American culture. These women left remarkably complete records, and their stories offer us a window through which to view not only this particular sor...ority of women, but also the role of American women in general."--Provided by publisher.

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New York, NY : Oxford University Press [2019]
Main Author
Betty Boyd Caroli (author)
Fifth edition
Physical Description
xx, 423 pages, 34 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Setting precedents: the first presidents' wives (1789-1829)
  • Young substitutes for first ladies (1829-1869)
  • Three exceptions: Sarah, Childress Polk, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Julia Dentt
  • The limited promise of the "new woman" (1877-1901)
  • The office of first lady: a twentieth-century development
  • The paradoxical 1920s
  • Breaking precedents and reaffirming old ones (1933-1961)
  • The turbulent sixties
  • New dimensions to the job of first lady (1974-1993)
  • A new generation in the White House (1993-2017)
  • The ever-changing role of first lady.