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    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 Throughou

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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 hav

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    When you think of powerful First Ladies chances are that you probably won’t think of Sarah Childress Polk yet t

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    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 f

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    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

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    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 r

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REVIEW È E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ó Amy S. Greenberg

Lady First

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. 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 surprising about of information about the early days leading up to the Civil War 1840s and 1850s and a good bit of information about Mrs Polk and her family during the years after the Civil Warand on through the 1880s and early 1890s This would have been one of those things I d would have ended up pointing out to Tim that he might have never caught his eye in traditional history books Women s history has always been an interest of mineand the obscure the better I found the story of Sarah Polk s life very frustrating in that it was unduly the story of a woman who was content to see her life story subsume by her husband s the country s President Polk during the 1840she died in 1849 somewhat threadbare and eventually tattered reputation when in the course of history his emphasis and pride in accomplishments like spurring forward Manifest Destiny and rolling head long into and through the Mexican American War and her own dubious record during the Civil War and the record of her subseuent kinfolk in lost Cause efforts and memorializing Confederate historywell it was a depressing read to me Decent book but it might help if you re a pretty big history geek to tackle reading it through to the end Twisted 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 The Exploration of the Male Anatomy power as First L. 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 All Night Long (Nannies, pointing out to Tim that he might have never caught his eye in traditional history books Women s history has always been an interest of mineand the obscure the better I found the story of Sarah Polk s life very frustrating in that it was unduly the story of a woman who was content to see her life story subsume by her husband s the country s President Polk during the 1840she died in 1849 somewhat threadbare and eventually tattered reputation when in the course of history his emphasis and The Freeze-Frame Revolution pretty big history geek to tackle reading it through to the end

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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. 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 anyone for woman s rights Neither did she advocate for woman s rights at all She felt bad for Mormons being persecuted for their practice of polygamy in Illinois and took action to help them Another intriguing statement James offered a vision of Sarah as emancipator while ensuring that she would become something very different upon his death a cotton planter My head explodes about Sarah s views on slavery and her own beliefs of benevolence toward her own slave property It is so DIFFICULT for me to conceive that people thought owning another person was a good thing My god What a fantastic book I Hope the author assembles book on all of Sarah s correspondence Let s hope

REVIEW È E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ó Amy S. Greenberg

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. 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 suarely faced Polk The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America and A Country of Vast Designs James K Polk the Mexican War and the Conuest of the American Continent say Sarah is active in her husband s campaignadministration but are not clear on what she did Both show that James has problems with his own party as well as the opposition Amy S Greenberg shows through letters and reports of the time that Sarah has regular communication with powerful politicians judges and generals She is not just a conduit to her husband but a filter like today s communications directors It seems that some of Sarah s power stems from her husband being difficult to work withJames Polk kept his head down on the slavery issue many did not know of his Mississippi plantation Greenberg is clear that he worked behind the scenes to start the Mexican War to add slave territory to the US She shows how he capitalized on it With demand for slaves each of Polk s slaves became valuable He purchased a 12 year old female and there is evidence showing that this was for breeding Sarah is not a conscience for her husband She accepts the slavery system To support the financially strapped former first lady Dolley Madison Sarah hired Madison s White House slave Paul Jennings Of course Jennings had no choice in the matter nor pay Sarah makes no changes in the Mississippi Polk Plantation when she inherited itI found Polk s widowhood even interesting than her early political life She is clearly the Grand Dame of Nashville She built a giant tomb in her backyard and for over 40 years wore black She kept the Polk mansion just as it was when James was alive An provocative caveat regarding this marriage is James desire towards his life s end to be baptized a Methodist while throughout his life he seemed to be as his wife was a Presbyterian His will also has an unexpected twist that is not sympathetic to Sarah s familyIn the Civil War Sarah entertains the Union generals She pulls strings to get her cotton through the Union blockade and get a release of POW relatives held by the Union Army At the same time her private sympathies are with the south she is sewing uniforms for the Confederate Army After the war in addition to her pension from the country her actions defied she appealed for funds for items taken from her Mississippi plantation in the war Like her husband to the general public she appears neutral on the slavery and by inference secession so after the war she is well positioned to be deferred to as a national figure of respect In this time her grand niece married a founder of the Klu Klux Klan who became a governor of TennesseeSarah Childress Polk left few letters and little other writing This book was culled from letters to her contemporary reporting and recollections of others along with research on the issues and society of the day This is uite a story and should be of interest to anyone with interest in this period particularly those who appreciate a straightforward appraisal of the issues of race and gender at this time

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  • Lady First
  • Amy S. Greenberg
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  • 06 April 2018
  • 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