First Ladies of the Republic by Jeanne E. Abrams is an in-depth look at the first three First Ladies. Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolly Madison each left their mark on the office of the First Lady. They each walked a fine line between what they knew of the regal queens of Europe, especially Great Britain and what they knew the colonists wanted in their leaders. They were inventing the office as they lived it. This was not an easy task. One would have thought that most colonists wanted nothing to do with the lifestyle of the European monarchs. And yet this was what they knew. So, for these first three First Ladies to define the office was no small task.
The book reads like a history textbook a lot of the time. And the author is repetitive in descriptions and historical facts. At times it seemed she was lost in the history and had to bring herself back to the task of writing about Martha, Abigail and Dolly. The reader was left wondering just what the subject was. The book is extensively researched. Abrams used the ladies own word in letters written to each other and to friends and relatives to tell their story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and left me knowing much more about these three groundbreaking women.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and NYU Press in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
ISBN #: 147988653X (ISBN13: 9781479886531)
Pub Date 03.06.18