Meet the First Ladies of the United States-sometimes inspiring, sometimes tragic, always fascinating-women who, though often unsung, helped hold the nation together in its infancy and advance it as a world power.
Includes letters, notes, and speeches that allow the First Ladies to speak for themselves
Features engaging and informative sidebars that place the First Ladies in the cultural context of their times
Shares the 2014 First Ladies Ranking from the Siena Research Institute
Facilitates student research through an extensive reading guide and a list of online resources that will foster critical reading, thinking, and writing skills
Jane Barker (1652-1732) was an English poet and novelist of the early 18th century. The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia (1713) was considered her most successful work. Jane went to St Cathrines at Waverley. A staunch Jacobite, she followed King James II of England into exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in France shortly after James' defeat in the Glorious Revolution (1688). During her exile, she wrote a group of political poems, "A Collection of Poems Referring to the Times" (1701), which conveyed her anxiety towards the political future of England. She later became a novelist and wrote Exilius; or, The Banished Roman (1715), A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies (1723), and The Lining of the Patch Work Screen (1726). Barker was never married and her works show a strong lack of interest in marriage. Specifically, her collection of poems, Poetical Recreations (1688), encourages female independence by portraying the life of a single woman as beautiful and peaceful.
Isabella L Bird (1831 - 1904) was a 19th century British traveler and writer. Since her father was a Church of England priest the family moved many times during her childhood. Bird traveled to Colorado when she heard the air was very healthy. She covered the 800 miles on horseback riding like a man and not sidesaddle. During her adventure she wrote a series of letters home to her sister. These were published in the Leisure Hour magazine. The letters were later published in her most famous book A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
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