Amy S. Greenberg - Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Sarah Polk (1803-1891), the nation’s eleventh first lady, has been all but left out of history. In this lively account, Greenberg, a professor of history and women’s studies at Penn State, reveals Polk as a fascinating, accomplished, and even powerful figure. The key to that power lies in her contradictions: daughter of a frontiersman, Polk was taught to hold her own in political discussions with men, a skill she wielded deftly during her tenure in Washington, D.C. Yet despite her independence of mind and the marriage of equals she cultivated with her husband, she opposed the goals of the 1848 Seneca Falls Woman’s Right’s convention. In assuming the expected role of the deferential woman, Polk was able to seem unthreatening while influencing the policy makers around her.


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ISBN: 9780385354134
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Published: Knopf - February 5th, 2019

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