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Ady uietly 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 euals Sarah firmly opposed the feminist movement's demands for then far reaching euality A riveting biography and a revelation of Sarah Polk's complicated but essential part in American feminism. This is the first biography written about President Polk s wife Sarah Polk was a president that we haven t heard much about He served only one term by his own choice but he was remarkedly modern in taking political advice from his wife At a time when women could not vote and their role in society was to have children and rule the home Sarah held a remarkable place in her husband s presidency She not only was his ears and eyes but helped make policy But the most remarkable job she did was talking to other politicians and helping them to see things as her husband desiredThis was before the Civil War and the Polks had slaves and no children This enabled Sarah to not be tied down as other wives as she had no children to raise and the slaves did her household work Often women at that time before birth control were worn out physically and their health was affected adversely by constantly giving birth to children The author feels that these two factors plus a liberal father who educated her as much as women could be educated at that time allowed her the time physical health and education to speak knowledgably to men about politicsShe had a pleasant and interesting personality which her husband the President did not have and that helped her too Very well researched book I heard the author speak and Amy Greenberg obviously enjoyed her research on a little know subject

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N 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 eual 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 L. 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 andor impotent see her footnotes In their childless state James and Sarah became true political partners eventually sharing an office in the mid 19th century White House Sarah s political machinations and instincts are highlighted as is her role in Polk s often unpopular wartime Presidency Another thrust of this biography is into their lives as slave owners Like Dolley Madison the pious no liuor drinking of dancing good Christian Sarah saw her slaves as financial property and flesh and blood for hellish work on their plantations Most sickening is James preference for young slaves children as they held the potential to make slaves James in his will like Washington asked his slaves be emancipated upon Sarah s death yet his purchase of very young slaves immediately before his own sudden death and assurances of wealth to Sarah suggest James was concerned with how posterity and history may view his legacy Sarah lived a long widowhood straddling sectional preference during the Civil War No doubt favoring the slave owning South the source of her wealth she welcomed Union soldiers and Generals Grant and Sherman into her home with cool manners The South s defeat signaled a downturn in her fortunes and after her death an assortment of nieces and nephews laid claim to what was left She was an independent woman and thinker for the 19th century and much of the biography chronicles her long widowhood and sustained presence in American memory

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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 feminismAt 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 woma. 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 and the result is a remarkable addition to First Lady biographies My review

  • Hardcover
  • 400
  • Lady First
  • Amy S. Greenberg
  • en
  • 17 October 2017
  • 9780385354134

About the Author: Amy S. Greenberg

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



10 thoughts on “Lady First

  1. 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 f

  2. says:

    Amy Greenberg's assertion that Sarah Polk of all people was responsible for revamping the way Americans conceive of the role and natur

  3. says:

    Although Sarah Childress Polk rose to political power by crossing boundaries skillfully manipulating both men and women and analyzing politics w

  4. says:

    This impressive biography joins a growing list of serious First Lady studies and especially as with Catherine Allgor's study of Dolley

  5. 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; th

  6. 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

  7. 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 with name 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

  8. says:

    This is the first biography written about President Polk's wife Sarah Polk was a president that we haven't heard much about He served only one term by his own choice but he was remarkedly modern in taking political advice from his wife At a time when women could not vote and their role in society was to have children and rule the home Sarah held a remarkable place in her husband's presidency She not only was his ears and eyes b

  9. 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

  10. says:

    Although it probably was not the author's intention this book changed my view of the Polk Presidency I had thought that Polk was a first a pure expansionist and second a pro Unionist As such he professed to be neutral with respect to the slavery issue I now think that Polk's expansionism had a pro salvery motive His prof

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