By Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History
Explores the non-public dynamics and old occasions that have been formed by way of White condominium marriages over the process twelve administrations, from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush.
summary: Explores the private dynamics and historic occasions that have been formed through White residence marriages over the process twelve administrations, from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush
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Edith would later revealingly recall the encounter primarily in sartorial terms. ” Wilson was immediately smitten. Invitations to dinner and hand-delivered letters from the White House to her town house soon crossed Washington almost daily. So did shipments of Edith’s favorite flower, orchids. ” Two hundred and fifty surviving letters chronicle their love affair in remarkable detail. They form an indispensable window into the passionate courtship and the simultaneous entry of the United States into world affairs.
Nothing,” the president informed the press, “need[ed] to be described” of his two-week honeymoon. The press duly respected his wish to be left alone, but history did not. On January 4, 1916, the British steamship Persia was torpedoed by a German submarine. Two Americans were among those killed, forcing Mr. and Mrs. Wilson to cut short their idyll and return to Washington. FEW FIRST LADIES HAVE SO RELISHED the pomp and the attention, or dressing up for the part, as Edith did. “My first public appearance as the wife of the President,” she wrote later, “was at a reception to the diplomatic corps ….
THE WOMAN WHO CONSIDERED HERSELF the president’s full partner vehemently opposed granting women the right to vote. Edith was offended by the growing momentum of the women’s suffrage movement. The suffragettes’ way was not her way. Her diary makes references to “those disgusting creatures” and their “unladylike” conduct. Much to Edith’s annoyance, suffragettes positioned themselves at the White House gate. ” While still maintaining a wary alliance with Colonel House, Edith continued to pressure the president to dump Tumulty and Josephus Daniels.
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