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Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity (Lives of American Women)

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Mildred Dee Brown (1905and#8211;89) was the cofounder of Nebraskaand#8217;s Omaha Star, the longest running black newspaper founded by an African American woman in the United States. Known for her trademark white carnation corsage, Brown was the matriarch of Omahaand#8217;s Near North Sideand#8212;a historically black part of townand#8212;and an iconic city leader. Her remarkable life, a product of the Reconstruction era and Jim Crow, reflects a larger American history that includes the Great Migration, the Red Scare of the postand#8211;World War era, civil rights and black power movements, desegregation, and urban renewal.

Within the context of African American and womenand#8217;s history studies, Amy Helene Forssand#8217;s Black Print with a White Carnation examines the impact of the black press through the narrative of Brownand#8217;s life and work. Forss draws on more than 150 oral histories, numerous black newspapers, and government documents to illuminate African American history during the political and social upheaval of the twentieth century. During Brownand#8217;s fifty-one-year tenure, the Omaha Star became a channel of communication between black and white residents of the city, as well as an arena for positive weekly news in the black community. Brown and her newspaper led successful challenges to racial discrimination, unfair employment practices, restrictive housing covenants, and a segregated public school system, placing the woman with the white carnation at the center of Americaand#8217;s changing racial landscape.

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An accessible, engaging introduction to the life of first lady Dolley Madison and the pivotal role she played in establishing an atmosphere of unity and civility in the young nation

Synopsis:

First Lady of the United States and America's "Queen of Hearts," Dolley Madison fashioned an unofficial role for herself in the new administration of the United States, helping to answer the nation's need for ceremony and leaving footprints for centuries of presidential wives to follow. Assisting her husband, James Madison, she helped to promote national unity, modeling a political behavior that stressed civility and empathy. Together, their approach fueled bipartisanship in a country still assembling a political identity.

About the Lives of American Women series:

Selected and edited by renowned womens historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a womens life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a "good read," featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subjects perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

About the Author

Catherine Allgor is professor of history at UC Riverside where she holds the prestigious UC Presidential Chair. She earned her PhD from Yale in 1998, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation won prizes, including the best dissertation in U.S. Women's history in the country. Her book Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government won the prize for the best first book by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Her book, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, was published in 2006 and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. In 2012, Allgor was awarded a presidential appointment to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. She is a popular speaker and consultant and has worked with many museums and institutions, including the White House.

 

Series Editor Carol Berkin is a well-known womens historian and the author of many popular and scholarly books, including Civil War Wives. She is Professor of History Emerita at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and she is a member of the Society of American Historians.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 A Triumphal Finish

The Madisons Leave Washington

2 A Perfect Match

Dolley and James Madison

3 “More Agreeable Hours”

The Secretary of State Years

4 The Merry Affair

Diplomatic Disunity

5 “A Perfect Palace”

Dolley Creates the White House

6 “A Place to See and Be Seen”

The Uses of the Drawing Room

7 The “Queen of Hearts”

Dolleys Public Persona

8 “Mrs. Madisons War”

Dolleys Role in the War of 1812

9 Washington Divided

Dolleys Work for Unity Under Fire

10 “A More Perfect Union”

The Madison Legacy

Primary Sources

Making Your Own History

STUDY QUESTIONS

NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813347592
Subtitle:
Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989
Author:
Allgor, Catherine
Author:
Forss, Amy Helene
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
People of Color
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Women in the West
Publication Date:
20140101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 photographs, 1 table
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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An accessible, engaging introduction to the life of first lady Dolley Madison and the pivotal role she played in establishing an atmosphere of unity and civility in the young nation

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First Lady of the United States and America's "Queen of Hearts," Dolley Madison fashioned an unofficial role for herself in the new administration of the United States, helping to answer the nation's need for ceremony and leaving footprints for centuries of presidential wives to follow. Assisting her husband, James Madison, she helped to promote national unity, modeling a political behavior that stressed civility and empathy. Together, their approach fueled bipartisanship in a country still assembling a political identity.

About the Lives of American Women series:

Selected and edited by renowned womens historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a womens life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a "good read," featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subjects perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

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