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Influential First Ladies

First ladies historically may have lingered in the shadows of their husbands, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t wield considerable influence and authority – sometimes, even, virtually running the show. Rediscover presidential history through the power behind the throne.

Books in this Series

  • Blanche Wiesen Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938
  • Jean H. Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
  • Lynne Wilson, Dearest Friend
  • Phyllis Lee Levin, Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House
  • Catherine Allgor, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation

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