Perfect Union Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation

ISBN-10: 0805083006

ISBN-13: 9780805083002

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Authors: Catherine Allgor
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Description: "Delightful and discerning . . . In this evocative study a remarkable woman, creator of the 'first lady' role, comes vividly to life."--"The New York Times" When the roar of the Revolution had finally died down, a new generation of politicians was summoned to the Potomac to assemble the nation's capital. Into that unsteady atmosphere--which would soon enough erupt into another conflict with Britain--Dolley Madison arrived, alongside her husband, James. Within a few years, she had mastered both the social and political intricacies of the city, and by her death in 1849 was the most celebrated person in Washington. And yet, to most Americans, she's best known for saving a portrait from the burning White House. Why did her contemporaries so admire a lady so little known today? In "A Perfect Union," acclaimed historian Catherine Allgor reveals how Dolley manipulated the contstraints of her gender to construct an American democratic ruling style and to achieve her husband's political goals. By emphasizing cooperation over coercion--building bridges instead of bunkers--she left us with not only an important story about our past but a model for a modern form of politics.

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 2/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Catherine Allgor is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside.

A Note on Names
Prologue
Mrs. Madison Goes to Washington
Meeting Madison
Lady About Town
Social Work
The Merry Affair
Portrait of a Lady
Sex, Lies, and the Election of 1808
Lady Presidentess
Presiding Genius
"The Great Centre of Attraction"
Family Matters
The Republican Queen
Affairs to Remember
"Mr. Madison's War"
Potomac Phoenix
To Home and History
Legacies
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
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