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The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madisonby David B Mattern
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From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation's first First Lady--arguably the most influential role in the American government's formative years--Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849) led an extraordinary life. David B. Mattern and Holly C. Shulman have culled a particularly rich selection of her letters to illuminate the story of the woman widely credited with setting the standard for successive generations of Washington's political women. This collection will prove an invaluable resource in current political and historical circles, where the role founding mothers played--both as supportive family members and as crucial political negotiators--is increasingly recognized and studied.
Organized chronologically into five sections reaching from her correspondence as a young adult in late-eighteenth-century Philadelphia up to the letters of her widowhood in 1840s Washington, and with a helpful contextualizing introduction to each section, The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison provides a long-overdue biographical sketch of one of the early republic's most fascinating personalities.
The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison was made possible through a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission
Book News Annotation:
This collection of letters illuminates one of early America's most fascinating personalities and enhances the story of the influential First Lady who set the standard for generations of Washington's political women. The volume contains Madison's letters as a young adult in late eighteenth-century Philadelphia, through the correspondences of her widowhood in the 1840s. Introductions to each section provide context for the letters. Mattern is senior associate editor of the Papers of James Madison; Schulman is research associate professor of studies in women and gender, U. of Virginia. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
in this witty, informative, and graceful selection of letters from the woman who defined the term "First Lady, " the authors organize Madison's correspondence chronologically from her life as a young adult in the late 18th century up to her widowhood in 1840s Washington. 15 illustrations.
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