With an unprecedented combination of social grace and political savvy, Dolley Madison revolutionized the role of First Lady and became a vital asset to her husband’s administration, gaining widespread popularity for instituting an inaugural ball, currying the favor of electoral voters in Washington, and responding with fierce patriotism to the War of 1812. In conjunction with the exhibition Saving Washington, experts reveal the groundbreaking story of this American icon and her influence on the presidency.
Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College. Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR and the author of Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.
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