Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk




      Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
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 that though the Polk marriage was a partnership of equals, Sarah firmly opposed the feminist movement s demands for then far reaching equality A riveting biography and a revelation of Sarah Polk s complicated but essential part in American feminism. Free Download Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk author Amy S. Greenberg For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

Amy Greenberg is Liberal Arts Research Professor of History and Women s Studies at Penn State She is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society Her previous books include Manifest Manhood, Antebellum American Empire, and Cause for Alarm.

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
  • Amy S. Greenberg
  • 10 April 2018
  • 0385354134

10 thoughts on “ Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

  1. Louise says:

    This is an impressive work on the 11th woman filling the position we know as first lady It shows her an able politician throughout her life The title bows to the culture of the day for a woman to operate on the level of Sarah Childress Polk, she had to, despite her power and influence, present herself as a lady first.The first half covers her childhood through her life as first lady the second covers her life as a widow Throughout, the issue of slavery is squarely faced Polk The Man W This is an impressive work on the 11th woman filling the position we know as first lady It shows her an able politician throughout her life The title bows to the culture of the day for a woman to operate on the level of Sarah Childress Polk, she had to, despite her power and influence, present herself as a lady first.The first half covers her childhood through her life as first lady the second covers her life as a widow Throughout, the issue of slavery is squarely faced Polk The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America and A Country of Vast Designs James K Polk, the Mexican War and the Con...

  2. Steve Donoghue says:

    Amy Greenberg s assertion that Sarah Polk, of all people, was responsible for revamping the way Americans conceive of the role and nature of the First Lady seems at first like a bit of a stretch, to put it mildly But the author backs up he...

  3. Susan O says:

    Although Sarah Childress Polk rose to political power by crossing boundaries, skillfully manipulating both men and women, and analyzing politics with a focus nearly as intense as that of the husband who worked himself to death, in public memory Mrs James K Polk was celebrated as something quite different, a First Lady who was a lady first whose politics had been driven by love and by a widow s responsibility to protect and cherish the memory of her lost husband It wasn t untrue, but nor was Although Sarah Childress Polk rose to political power by crossing boundaries, skillfully manipulating both men and women, and analyzing politics with a focus nearly as intense as that of the husband who worked himself to death, in public memory Mrs James K Polk was celebrated as something quite different, a First Lady who was a lady first whose politics had been driven by love and by a widow s responsibility to protect and cherish the memory of her lost husband It wasn t untrue, but nor was it the whole story. emphasis mine Sarah Polk was the most well educated first lady of her time and a companion to her husband it every way She worked beside him politically, reading about and discussing issues of the day, corresponding with politicians, and reaching out for favors when necessary She preferred to be with the...

  4. Joseph J. says:

    This impressive biography joins a growing list of serious First Lady studies, and especially as with Catherine Allgor s study of Dolley Madison A Perfect Union focuses on an American First Lady s not admirable legacy with American slavery James and Sarah Polk were a childless couple Greenberg does not delve into the traumatic early surgery which left James sterile and or impotent see her footnotes In their childless state James and Sarah became true political partners, eventually sharing This impressive biography joins a growing list of serious First Lady studies, and especially as with Catherine Allgor s study of Dolley Madison A Perfect Union focuses on an American First Lady s not admirable legacy with American slavery James and Sarah Polk were a childless couple Greenberg does not delve into the traumatic early surgery which left James sterile and or impotent see her footnotes In their childless state James and Sarah became true political...

  5. David Dunlap says:

    This is a biography of Sarah Childress Polk, the wife of the 11th POTUS and something of an historical marvel or an annoyance, depending upon one s point of view The marvel is the author s mastery of her material the possible annoyance is how much she spins from such slender records There are many passages like these Sarah probably ...

  6. Dominique King says:

    I was curious about Mrs James K Polk, and didn t know much about her as I hadn t done much reading about this time period my reading tends to include later eras like the Gilded Age or the early 20th century , but I m sure this would have interested Tim as he read a lot of history from the early Republic era, and he hoped to do a final essay about the Lost Cause and its myth and history Mrs Polk s biography included a surprising about of information about the early days leading up to I was curious about Mrs James K Polk, and didn t know much about her as I hadn t done much reading about this time period my reading tends to include later eras like the Gilded Age or the early 20th century , but I m sure this would have interested Tim as he read a lot of history from the early Republic era, and he hoped to do a final essay about the Lost Cause and its myth and history Mrs Polk s biography included a surprising about of information about the early days leading up to the Civil War 1840s and 1850s and a good bit of information about Mrs Polk and her family during the years after the Civil ...

  7. Scott Martin says:

    When you think of powerful First Ladies, chances are that you probably won t think of Sarah Childress Polk, yet, this work highlights that she was as influential and powerful as any First Ladies withname recognition Married to one of America s less well known presidents, she and James Polk made a formidable political ...

  8. Jonathan says:

    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 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 Sar...

  9. Edward says:

    Excellent biography of First Lady Sarah Polk, who was totally committed to being a partner to her husband President James Polk That devotion lasted through her 42 years of widowhood She had many close confidants and was an alternative to her humorless husband While a powerful woman in Washington DC, she didn t support women s rights She was a slave owner Her plantation had a higher mortality rate of slaves than most She was most certainly a Confederate sympathizer, while acting as a neutra Excellent biography of First Lady Sarah Polk, who was totally committed to being a partner to her husband President James ...

  10. Mary Johnson says:

    Well written biography of First Lady Sarah Childress Polk Before reading this book, I knew nothing of Sarah Polk, very little of President James Polk and next to nothing about the Mexican War While she was very much the prototype of Southern women of the t...

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