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 wiel The acclaimed author of A Wicked War now gives us the little known story of Sarah Polk: remarkably influential First ...

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Title:Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
Author:Amy S. Greenberg
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Genres:History
ISBN:0385354134
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk Reviews

  • Judy Owens
    Mar 12, 2019
    Just loved this nuanced treatment of an amazing political insider. Loved it! ...
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    Mar 03, 2019
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  • Steve Donoghue
    Mar 11, 2019
    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 insight ...
  • Scott Martin
    Apr 26, 2019
    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 with more name recognition. Married to one of America?s less well known presidents, she...
  • Edward
    Apr 28, 2019
    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 wo...
  • Mary Johnson
    Jul 03, 2019
    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 time, she was in the forefron...
  • Susan O
    Feb 11, 2019
    "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 som...
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    May 07, 2019
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  • Louise
    Jun 02, 2019
    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 i...
  • Gillian
    Mar 19, 2019
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    Jan 15, 2019
    This is a very comprehensive biography. I enjoyed all the thorough research the author did on Sarah Childress Polk. The book illustrates how involved SCP was in her husband's political career. I also appreciated the background on Sarah's family and what happened to the Polk estate af...
  • Mia Dappert
    Apr 19, 2019
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  • Kim
    Jun 02, 2019
    I don't think the author liked her much. I also thought she had a few snide comments in her book that were not necessary. At times i felt she was being judgemental, judging Sarah from todays standards and not those of Sarah's time. ...
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    Jul 09, 2019
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    Apr 21, 2019
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    Jul 03, 2019
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    Mar 17, 2019
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  • Dominique King
    Apr 20, 2019
    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 histor...
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    Feb 17, 2019
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    Apr 07, 2019
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    Apr 08, 2019
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  • Shelby Kimbrough
    May 06, 2019
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  • Jonathan
    Apr 08, 2019
    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 person...
  • Joseph J.
    Mar 04, 2019
    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...
  • Katie Colombo
    Jun 24, 2019
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  • David Dunlap
    Apr 01, 2019
    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 recor...
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    May 26, 2019
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    Feb 28, 2019
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    Jul 10, 2019
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  • KarenC85
    Apr 15, 2019
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