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. Read Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk – 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.


      Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
 By Amy S. Greenberg IBN : 0385354134 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
  • Amy S. Greenberg
  • 11 July 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 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 Conquest of the American Continent say Sarah is active in her husband s campaign administration, but are not clear on what she did Both show that James has problems with his ow...

  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 her claims with formidable research and ...

  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 manipula...

  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 Greenbe...

  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 or perhaps or certainly the Polks must have I confess to leaning a bit toward the annoyance end of the scale, especially for the early part of the 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 or perhaps or certainly the Polks must have I confess to leaning a bit toward the annoyance end of the scale, especially for the early part of the book The author maintains that Sarah Polk was the most powerful woman in America in 1848, and she shows how this came to pass through native gifts of political insight and intelligence, an array of people skills that endeared her to the nation, especially when contrasted with her rather taciturn husband , a feminine deferen...

  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 surpri...

  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 couple, and much of James success in politics can be attributed to her efforts They never had children of their own, but they lived for his career, and while James preceded 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 couple, and much of James success in politics can be attributed to her efforts They never had children of their own, but they lived for his career, and while James preceded her in death by 40 years, she was always faithful to him and his memory Yet, her life has many twists and turns separate from her husbands Durin...

  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 Omg what a fantastic engaging fun book to read Ch 5 is a bla...

  9. Gayla Bassham says:

    On the one hand, Sarah Polk used the cult of domesticity to expertly wield soft power as First Lady On the other hand, she was an unrepentant slaveowner who never really disavowed secession The author of this book might admire her a tiny bit too much, but the research here is impressive and pathbreaking, so I salute her for that The book was fascinating, and I walked away mildly infuriated and conducting a vehement argument in my head with a woman who died 140 years ago Which is no doubt a On the one hand, Sarah Polk used the cult of domesticity to expertly wield soft power as First Lady On the other hand, she was an unrepentant slaveowner who never really disavowed secession The author of this book might admire her a tiny bit too much, but the research here is impressive and pathbreaking, so I salute her for that The book was fascinating, and I walked away mildly infuriated and conducti...

  10. 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 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 ...

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