The acclaimed author of A Wicked War now gives us the little known story of Sarah Polk: remarkably influential First Lady, and brilliant master of the art of high politics--a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism.At the same time as 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. Yet, while history remembers the women of the convention, it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk. Now, Amy Greenberg brings her story into vivid focus. We see her father raising her on the frontier to discuss politics and business as an equal with men. We see her use savvy and charm to help her brilliant but unlikeable husband ascend to the White House. And we see her exercising truly extraordinary power as First Lady: quietly manipulating elected officials, shaping foreign policy, directing a campaign in support of America's expansionist war against Mexico. Greenberg makes clear...
|Title||:||Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk Reviews
Omg - what a fantastic engaging fun book to read! Ch 5 is a blast! Varina Davis, Dolly Madison, and especially Catherine Beecher all fascinating to learn about. Greenberg writes like she is presenting a story as one peels an onion being slowly peeled revealing succulent bites of personality, beliefs and facts about her subject. I had no idea Lincoln was an excellent wrestler, Polk supported the Mormons and that Sarah bought child slaves while in office. I love the line”Sarah didn’t need to ask a ...more
In Sarah Polk's day, being childless was an embarrassment for a woman (although this was probably due to her husband's condition). Yet it freed her up to be a full political partner with the 11th president, a role that she took to with gusto. Amy Greenberg recounts the factors -- her Presbyterian faith, Moravian education and her personal charisma -- that gave Sarah such political acumen and social grace. No, she was not perfect. She was, however, unique for her time.