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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 through

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    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 clai

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    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

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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 which left James sterile andor impotent see her footnotes In their childl

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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; th

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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

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    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 cou

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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 from his wife At a time when women could not vote and their role in society was to have chil

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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

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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 neut

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characters ì eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ 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. 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 uite 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 of her lost husband It wasn t untrue but nor was it the whole story emphasis mineSarah Polk was the most well educated first lady of her time and a companion to her husband it every way She worked beside him politically reading about and discussing issues of the day corresponding with politicians and reaching out for favors when necessary She preferred to be with the men in the parlor after dinner than with the ladies in the drawing room Franklin Pierce said that he would rather discuss politics with Sarah than with her husband In spite of this she managed to do all these things with a deference to her husband the men around her that prevented giving offense Greenburg paints a thorough portrait of Sarah with all the nuances that come from being an intelligent ambitious woman of the South in the 19th century Yes Sarah had many admirable ualities but she was also a slave owner Her relationships with the enslaved people in her life are also discussed as well as her time of maintaining a neutral stance during the Civil War While Greenburg s biography of Sarah Childress Polk was well written and well researched it was somewhat dissatisfying Partly this was due to the lack of information about Sarah but also the epilogue seemed somewhat removed from the narrative and unnecessary to Sarah s story leaving a strange impression at the end Overall it was well worth the time and I do recommend it for those interested in the lives of the First Ladies of the US

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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 Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic reaching euality A A Daddy for Christmas 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 Banned in Britain remarkedly modern in taking political advice from his wife At a time when women could not vote and their Hour of the Beast role in society was to have children and Dictionary Of Dreams rule the home Sarah held a The Love of a Latino remarkable place in her husband s presidency She not only was his ears and eyes but helped make policy But the most Other Days, Other Eyes 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 Deception Island 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 The Family researched book I heard the author speak and Amy Greenberg obviously enjoyed her The First Partition of Poland research on a little know subject

characters ì eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Amy S. Greenberg

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