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The Resource Lady first : the world of First Lady Sarah Polk, Amy S. Greenberg

Lady first : the world of First Lady Sarah Polk, Amy S. Greenberg

Label
Lady first : the world of First Lady Sarah Polk
Title
Lady first
Title remainder
the world of First Lady Sarah Polk
Statement of responsibility
Amy S. Greenberg
Title variation
World of First Lady Sarah Polk
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While the Woman's Rights convention was taking place at Seneca Falls in 1848, First Lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman in Washington, D.C. Yet, while history remembers the women of the convention, it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk. Now, in her riveting biography, Amy S. Greenberg brings Sarah's story into vivid focus. We see Sarah as the daughter of a frontiersman who raised her to discuss politics and business with men; we see the savvy and charm she brandished in order to help her brilliant but unlikeable husband, James K. Polk, ascend to the White House. We watch as she exercises truly extraordinary power as First Lady: quietly manipulating elected officials, shaping foreign policy, and directing a campaign in support of America's expansionist war against Mexico. And we meet many of the enslaved men and women whose difficult labor made Sarah's political success possible. Lady First also shines a light on Sarah's many layers and contradictions. While her marriage to James was one of equals, she firmly opposed the feminist movement's demands for what she perceived to be far-reaching equality. She banned dancing and hard liquor from the White House, but did more entertaining than any of her predecessors. During the Civil War, she operated on behalf of the Confederacy even though she claimed to be neutral. And in the late nineteenth-century, she became a celebrity among female Christian temperance reformers, while she struggled to redeem her husband's tarnished political legacy
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Greenberg, Amy S.
Dewey number
  • 973.6/1092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E417.1
LC item number
.G74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polk, Sarah Childress
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Governors' spouses
  • United States
Label
Lady first : the world of First Lady Sarah Polk, Amy S. Greenberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Mrs. Polk's 1848 -- Blackboard, maps, and globes -- A salon in Washington -- Communications director -- Female politicians -- Mrs. Presidentess -- The power of American women to save their country -- That fine manly lady -- Profit and loss -- Neutral ground -- Influence -- Epilogue: Love makes memory eternal -- The Childress family -- The Polk family
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780385354134
Lccn
2018010748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1028606805
  • (OCoLC)1028606805
  • 2488101
Label
Lady first : the world of First Lady Sarah Polk, Amy S. Greenberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Mrs. Polk's 1848 -- Blackboard, maps, and globes -- A salon in Washington -- Communications director -- Female politicians -- Mrs. Presidentess -- The power of American women to save their country -- That fine manly lady -- Profit and loss -- Neutral ground -- Influence -- Epilogue: Love makes memory eternal -- The Childress family -- The Polk family
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780385354134
Lccn
2018010748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1028606805
  • (OCoLC)1028606805
  • 2488101

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