Lady First by Amy S. Greenberg

Lady First

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 wielding influence unprecedented for a woman. Yet, while history remembers the ...

Details Lady First

TitleLady First
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, History, North American Hi..., American History, Biography Memoir

Reviews Lady First

  • Susan O
    "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 something quite different, a First Lady who was a lady first whose politics had been driven by love and by a widow's responsibility to protect and cherish the memory o...
  • Joseph J.
    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 and/or impotent -see her footnotes). In their childless state James and Sarah b...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    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 after her death. The author provides an expansive bibliography. Thanks to Edelweiss for the advance copy.