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Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation / Cokie Roberts.

By: Roberts, Cokie.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxiii, 481 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780060782344; 006078234X.Subject(s): United States -- History -- 1783-1815 -- Biography | United States -- History -- 1815-1861 -- Biography | Women -- United States -- Biography | Women -- United States -- History -- 18th century | Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Politicians' spouses -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 973.09/9 | 973.4092/2 | B Online resources: Table of contents only | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
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.
Summary: 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 Drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources--many of them previously unpublished--Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society.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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-467) and index.

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.

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.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Using a format similar to Roberts's previous title Founding Mothers, this overview highlights several little-known educators, writers, and reformers who made significant contributions to U.S. history. Some of the women were motivated by religious devotion, while others were influenced by powerful husbands or fathers; still others found themselves in extraordinary circumstances and rose to the occasion. With the exceptions of Sacagawea and Lucy Prince, all of the women featured are white. Goode's illustrations-rendered using quills, sepia-toned brown ink, and watercolors-reflect the historical time period with a fresh energy. Two-page portraits of individuals are interspersed with summary sections comprised of shorter entries. An author's introduction refers to the primary sources used, such as letters and diaries. Readers may pause at a poem that, though indicative of the time period, refers to Native Americans as "awful creatures" and the illustration of two-year-old Charles Adams (son of Louisa and John Quincy Adams) dressed as a "Native American chief" in a feathered headdress for a "fancy ball" when the family was living in Russia. VERDICT For libraries where Roberts's other books have been popular, this follow-up offers comparable fare.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Cokie Roberts was born in 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a journalist, author and contributing senior news analyst for National Public Radio as well as a regular roundtable analyst for the current This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Roberts also works as a political commentator for ABC News. Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated by United Media in newspapers around the United States. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and was appointed by President George W. Bush to his Council on Service and Civic Participation. <p> Cokie Roberts is the youngest daughter of the late ambassador and long-time Democratic Congresswoman from Louisiana Lindy Boggs and of the late Hale Boggs, also a Democratic Congressman from Louisiana who was Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and a member of the Warren Commission. <p> Roberts graduated from Wellesley College in 1964, where she received a BA in Political Science. Roberts has won numerous awards, such as the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress and a 1991 Emmy Award for her contribution to "Who is Ross Perot?" <p> Cokie's books include We Are Our Mother's Daughters (1998), Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (2004), Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation (2008), with Steven Roberts, From This Day Forward (2000), also with Steven Roberts, Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families (2011), and children's book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies (2014). <p> Robert's title, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, is a 2015 New York Times bestseller. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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