Roberts, Cokie.

Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation / Cokie Roberts. - 1st ed. - New York : William Morrow, c2008. - xxiii, 481 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-467) and index.

1797-1801: the presidency of John and Abigail Adams -- 1801-1805: the first term of Thomas Jefferson and the ladies of the place -- 1805-1809: the second term of Thomas Jefferson and women talking politics -- 1809-1813: the first term of James Madison and the presidentess -- 1813-1817: the second term of James Madison and "The bravest American soldier" -- 1817-1825: the presidency of James Monroe and some characters to contemplate.

Cokie Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation with this blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities. Drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources--many of them previously unpublished--Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others.--From publisher description.

9780060782344 006078234X

2008298367


Women--United States--Biography.
Women--History--United States--18th century.
Women--History--United States--19th century.
Politicians' spouses--United States--Biography.


United States--History--1783-1815--Biography.
United States--History--1815-1861--Biography.

E176 / .R634 2008

973.09/9 973.4092/2 B