4First Ladies During Wartime
-- horrifically vilified, you may remember, for her clothes, the china, all these stories. in the end, she turned the tables and dressed up in secondhand clothes and did a funny show for the press, which everyone was amazed about, such a sense of humor about herself and how she was portrayed. i think this negative focus on her drew a lot of interest in the position of first lady, and you had mrs. carter had just written her biography as well, so a lot of interest in that. so had her husband. hers outsold his. so there was this new interest, and more people came to the gerald ford library than anyone had expected, more than 200 people, including some presidential members of families, the daughters of lady bird johnson, etc. it really began to spark. you also had great books coming out at that time. sylvia dukes marks, you begin to see more scholarly work being done, and a number of big compendiums, people like carl anthony and robert watson, so it is becoming a big field. it is really interesting. and then first ladies begin to be categorized in certain ways. are they players, activists, silent ty
by the press. hourivically vilified for her clothes and the china and all these stories. in fact, in the end, she turned the tables and dressed up in second-hand clothes and did a funny show for the press. everybody was amazed about it. she had such a sense of humor about how she was portrayed. but this drew a lot of interest in the position of the first lady. then you had roslyn carter had just written her biography. hers outsold her husband's. this was a new interest and more people came to the gerald ford library than anyone had expected. more than 200 people came, including some presidential members of families, some of the daughters of ladybird johnson, et cetera. it began to spark. also great books coming out like silvia jukes morris' book. you began to see more scholarly work being done. and then big compendiums. carl anthony and gould and watson. so suddenly it's becoming a big field and it's really, really interesting. and then first ladies begin to be categorized. are they players, activists, silent types. these are sort of things wrestle with today and how we kagize them.
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