The Court Circles of the Republic

The Court Circles of the Republic
Author: Elizabeth Fries Ellet
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 664
Release: 1870
Genre: Manners and customs
ISBN:

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The Court Circles of the Republic Or The Beauties and Celebrities of the Nation

The Court Circles of the Republic  Or  The Beauties and Celebrities of the Nation
Author: Elizabeth Fries Ellet
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 632
Release: 1869
Genre: Washington (D.C.)
ISBN:

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Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America

Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America
Author: David S. Shields
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 386
Release: 1997
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780807846568

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In cities from Boston to Charleston, elite men and women of eighteenth-century British America came together in private venues to script a polite culture. By examining their various 'texts'?conversations, letters, newspapers, and privately circulated manuscripts?David Shields reconstructs the discourse of civility that flourished in and further shaped elite society in British America.

Presidential Anecdotes

Presidential Anecdotes
Author: Paul F. Boller
Publsiher: Oxford Paperbacks
Total Pages: 476
Release: 1996-10-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780195097313

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Gathers interesting and humorous stories about American presidents from Washington to Clinton and shows little-known aspects of each one's personality

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library
Author: Public Library of Brookline
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 808
Release: 1866
Genre:
ISBN:

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Annual Report

Annual Report
Author: Brookline (Mass.) Public Library
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 892
Release: 1870
Genre:
ISBN:

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Notorious Woman

Notorious Woman
Author: Elizabeth Urban Alexander
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2004-10-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 0807130249

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The legal crusade of Myra Clark Gaines (1804?--1885) has all the trappings of classic melodrama -- a lost heir, a missing will, an illicit relationship, a questionable marriage, a bigamous husband, and a murder. For a half century the daughter of New Orleans millionaire Daniel Clark struggled to justify her claim to his enormous fortune in a case that captivated the nineteenth-century public. Elizabeth Urban Alexander taps voluminous court records and letters to unravel the twists and turns of Gaines's litigation and reveal the truth behind the mysterious saga of this notorious woman. Myra, the daughter of real estate heir Clark and Zulime Carrière, a beautiful young Frenchwoman, was raised by friends of Clark and kept ignorant of her real parentage until 1832, when she discovered her true lineage in letters among her foster father's papers. She thereupon returned to Louisiana with tales of a lost will and a secret marriage between Clark and Carrière and claimed to be Clark's missing heir. Was Myra the legitimate daughter of the prominent merchant or the "fruit of an adulterous union?" The courts would decide. The Great Gaines Case wound its tortuous path through the United States legal system from 1834 until 1891. It was considered by the U.S. Supreme Court seventeen times and pursued even after Gaines's death by lawyers trying to recoup fees. By courageously bringing her case to the courtroom and doggedly keeping it there, Alexander asserts, Gaines helped instigate a new type of family law that provided special protection of women, children, and marriages. Though Gaines never recovered more than a tiny fraction of the rumored millions, this riveting chronicle of her struggle for legitimacy and legacy as told by Elizabeth Urban Alexander is a gold mine for anyone interested in legal history, women's studies, or a good yarn superbly spun.

Catalogue of the Circulating Department

Catalogue of the Circulating Department
Author: Free Public Library (Worcester, Mass.)
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 1416
Release: 1884
Genre: Catalogs, Dictionary
ISBN:

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John McKinley and the Antebellum Supreme Court

John McKinley and the Antebellum Supreme Court
Author: Steven P. Brown
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2012-10-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0817317716

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Provides a penetrating analysis of US Supreme Court justice John McKinley Steven P. Brown rescues from obscurity John McKinley, one of the three Alabama justices, along with John Archibald Campbell and Hugo Black, who have served on the US Supreme Court. A native Kentuckian who moved in 1819 to northern Alabama as a land speculator and lawyer, McKinley was elected to the state legislature three times and became first a senator and then a representative in the US Congress before being elevated to the Supreme Court in 1837. He spent his first five years on the court presiding over the newly created Ninth Circuit, which covered Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His was not only the newest circuit, encompassing a region that, because of its recent settlement, included a huge number of legal claims related to property, but it was also the largest, the furthest from Washington, DC, and by far the most difficult to traverse. While this is a thorough biography of McKinley’s life, it also details early Alabama state politics and provides one of the most exhaustive accounts available of the internal workings of the antebellum Supreme Court and the very real challenges that accompanied the now-abandoned practice of circuit riding. In providing the first in depth assessment of the life and Supreme Court career of Justice John McKinley, Brown has given us a compelling portrait of a man active in the leading financial, legal, and political circles of his day.

A View from Abroad

A View from Abroad
Author: Jeanne E. Abrams
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2021-02-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 1479802891

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Reveals how the European travels of John and Abigail Adams helped define what it meant to be an American From 1778 to 1788, the Founding Father and later President John Adams lived in Europe as a diplomat. Joined by his wife, Abigail, in 1784, the two shared rich encounters with famous heads of the European royal courts, including the ill-fated King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, and the staid British Monarchs King George III and Queen Charlotte. In this engaging narrative, A View from Abroad takes us on the first full exploration of the Adams’s lives abroad. Jeanne E. Abrams reveals how the journeys of John and Abigail Adams not only changed the course of their intellectual, political, and cultural development—transforming the couple from provincials to sophisticated world travelers—but most importantly served to strengthen their loyalty to America. Abrams shines a new light on how the Adamses and their American contemporaries set about supplanting their British origins with a new American identity. They and their fellow Americans grappled with how to reorder their society as the new nation took its place in the international transatlantic world. After just a short time abroad, Abigail maintained that, “My Heart and Soul is more American than ever. We are a family by ourselves.” The Adamses’ quest to define what it means to be an American, and the answers they discovered in their time abroad, still resonate with us to this day.

Sisters of Fortune

Sisters of Fortune
Author: Jehanne Wake
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2012-02-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1451607636

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The first American heiresses took Britain by storm in 1816, two generations before the great late Victorian beauties. Marianne, Louisa, Emily and Bess Caton were descended from the first settlers in Maryland, and brought up in Baltimore by their grandfather Charles Carroll, one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation

Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation
Author: Peter Gibian
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2001-08-16
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780521560269

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Gibian explores the role played by Oliver Wendell Holmes in the Victorian culture of conversation in America.

Bosom Friends

Bosom Friends
Author: Thomas J. Balcerski
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-08-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 0190914610

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The friendship of the bachelor politicians James Buchanan (1791-1868) of Pennsylvania and William Rufus King (1786-1853) of Alabama has excited much speculation through the years. Why did neither marry? Might they have been gay? Or was their relationship a nineteenth-century version of the modern-day "bromance"? In Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King, Thomas J. Balcerski explores the lives of these two politicians and discovers one of the most significant collaborations in American political history. He traces the parallels in the men's personal and professional lives before elected office, including their failed romantic courtships and the stories they told about them. Unlikely companions from the start, they lived together as congressional messmates in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse and became close confidantes. Around the nation's capital, the men were mocked for their effeminacy and perhaps their sexuality, and they were likened to Siamese twins. Over time, their intimate friendship blossomed into a significant cross-sectional political partnership. Balcerski examines Buchanan's and King's contributions to the Jacksonian political agenda, manifest destiny, and the increasingly divisive debates over slavery, while contesting interpretations that the men lacked political principles and deserved blame for the breakdown of the union. He closely narrates each man's rise to national prominence, as William Rufus King was elected vice-president in 1852 and James Buchanan the nation's fifteenth president in 1856, despite the political gossip that circulated about them. While exploring a same-sex relationship that powerfully shaped national events in the antebellum era, Bosom Friends demonstrates that intimate male friendships among politicians were--and continue to be--an important part of success in American politics.

The Saturday Review of Politics Literature Science and Art

The Saturday Review of Politics  Literature  Science and Art
Author:
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Total Pages: 1096
Release: 1871
Genre: General
ISBN:

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The Saturday Review of Politics Literature Science Art and Finance

The Saturday Review of Politics  Literature  Science  Art  and Finance
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Release: 1871
Genre: Art
ISBN:

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First Ladies

First Ladies
Author: Betty Boyd Caroli
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2019-04-05
Genre: History
ISBN: 0190669152

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Betty Boyd Caroli's engrossing and informative First Ladies is both a captivating read and an essential resource for anyone interested in the role of America's First Ladies. Caroli observes the role as it has shifted and evolved from ceremonial backdrop to substantive world figure. This expanded and updated fifth edition presents Caroli's keen political analysis and astute observations of recent developments in First Lady history, including Melania Trump's reluctance to take on the mantle and former First Lady Hilary Clinton's recent run for president. Caroli here contributes a new preface and updated chapters. Covering all forty-five women from Martha Washington to Melania and Ivanka Trump and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who served as First Ladies, Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. This remarkable lot included Abigail Adams, whose "remember the ladies" became a twentieth-century feminist refrain; Jane Pierce, who prayed her husband would lose the election; Helen Taft, who insisted on living in the White House, although her husband would have preferred a judgeship; Eleanor Roosevelt, who epitomized the politically involved First Lady; and Pat Nixon, who perfected what some have called "the robot image." They ranged in age from early 20s to late 60s; some received superb educations for their time, while others had little or no schooling. Including the courageous and adventurous, the ambitious, and the reserved, these women often did not fit the traditional expectations of a presidential helpmate. First Ladies is an engaging portrait of how each First Lady changed the role and how the role changed in response to American culture. These women left remarkably complete records, and their stories offer us a window through which to view not only this particular sorority of women, but also the role of American woman in general.

First Ladies

First Ladies
Author: Betty Caroli
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2010-07-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780199752829

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Betty Boyd Caroli's engrossing and informative First Ladies is both a captivating read and an essential resource for anyone interested in the role of America's First Ladies. This expanded and updated fourth edition includes Laura Bush's tenure, Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid, and an in-depth look at Michelle Obama, one of the most charismatic and appealing First Ladies in recent history. Covering all forty-one women from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who sometimes served as First Ladies, Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. This remarkably diverse lot included Abigail Adams, whose "remember the ladies" became a twentieth-century feminist refrain; Jane Pierce, who prayed her husband would lose the election; Helen Taft, who insisted on living in the White House, although her husband would have preferred a judgeship; Eleanor Roosevelt, who epitomized the politically involved First Lady; and Pat Nixon, who perfected what some have called "the robot image." They ranged in age from early 20s to late 60s; some received superb educations for their time, while others had little or no schooling. Including the courageous and adventurous, the emotionally unstable, the ambitious, and the reserved, these women often did not fit the traditional expectations of a presidential helpmate. Here then is an engaging portrait of how each First Lady changed the role and how the role changed in response to American culture. These women left remarkably complete records, and their stories offer us a window through which to view not only this particular sorority of women, but also American women in general. "Impressive...Caroli's profiles and observations of American first ladies and their relationship to the media are intelligent and perceptive." --Philadelphia Inquirer