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Author Greenberg, Amy S., 1968- author.

Title Lady first : the world of first lady Sarah Polk / Amy S. Greenberg.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 POLK    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY POLK    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  B POLK SARAH G    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  BIO POLK    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Biography  B POLK    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Biography  B-POLK GRE    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  92 POLK, SAR    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B POLK, S.    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Biographies  BIOG POLK, SARAH    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  B POLK    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description xxiii, 369 pages, [24] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [291]-355) and index.
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.
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.
Subject Polk, Sarah Childress, 1803-1891.
Polk, Sarah Childress, 1803-1891. (OCoLC)fst00387587
Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography.
Governors' spouses -- Tennessee -- Biography.
Governors' spouses. (OCoLC)fst00945746
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Presidents' spouses. (OCoLC)fst01075830
United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1849.
Tennessee. (OCoLC)fst01205353
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
Chronological Term 1845-1849
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Other Form: Online version: Greenberg, Amy S., 1968- Lady first. First edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019] 9780385354141 (DLC) 2018012602
ISBN 9780385354134 (hardcover)
0385354134 (hardcover)
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