This volume explores more than two centuries of literature on the First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, providing the first historiographical overview of these important women in U.S. history.
Underlines the growing scholarly appreciation of the First Ladies and the evolution of the position since the 18th century
Explores the impact of these women not only on White House responsibilities, but on elections, presidential policies, social causes, and in shaping their husbands legacies
Brings the First Ladies into crisp historiographical focus, assessing how these women and their contributions have been perceived both in popular literature and scholarly debate
Provides concise biographical treatments for each First Lady