Spring 2013 Issue from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: America’s First Ladies
Issue 35 of our quarterly online journal features five leading scholars who consider how the role of the First Lady has developed: Betty Boyd Caroli begins the issue with a look at the First Ladies’ Contributions to Political Issues and the National Welfare; Patricia Brady looks at how it all began with Martha Washington Creates the Role of First Lady; Catherine Allgor explains the way in which Dolley Madison: First Lady and Queen shaped the role of First Lady; Maurine Beasley describes the very politically active Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady; and Gil Troy recounts the many unique actions of Betty Ford: A New Kind of First Lady.
Also included: lesson plans on this subject that align with Common Core Standards; an interactive map of the First Ladies and their birth places, featuring portraits courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and the National First Ladies’ Library.
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