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Lou Henry Hoover: A Prototype for First Ladies (A Volume in the Presidential Wives Series)
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Authors: Mayer, Dale C. 
Editors: Robert P. Watson
Book Description:
Recent interest in the wives of American Presidents has led to the rediscovery of many First Ladies whose public service and accomplishments had been forgotten. The prime example is Lou Henry Hoover, a vivacious woman with a thoroughly modern approach to life, an unquenchable zest for living, and a long-term dedication to public service that dated from the Spanish-American War. Lou Henry Hoover: A Prototype for First Ladies provides readers with their first in-depth examination of the adventure-filled life and numerous public services of this complex and fascinating First Lady. Readers will wonder how Lou Hoover could have become a forgotten First Lady when they discover references to her zest for living and extensive public service activities in contemporary newspaper accounts and letters. The reason for the obscure knowledge about this First Lady is there was no access to her papers, and historians also had tended to dismiss Mrs. Hoover as an aloof and uncaring First Lady who lacked purpose, mission, or audience. The fog began to lift when her personal and public papers became available to historians in 1985.

Table of Contents:
Preface; Chapter 1. Prologue: The Search for Lou Henry Hoover; Chapter 2. Family Legacies; Chapter 3. From Adolescence to Womanhood; Chapter 4. Adventures in China; Chapter 5. The Boxer Rebellion; Chapter 6. A Globetrotting Family; Chapter 7. Careers in Transition; Chapter 8. Family Life and Extracurriculars; Chapter 9. First Steps on the “Slippery Slope of Public Life”; Chapter 10. Post-War Transitions; Chapter 11. Outdoor Organizations for Girls; Chapter 12. Duty Calls: The Presidency; Chapter 13. Mixing Business and Pleasure at Camp Rapidan; Chapter 14. “Important Things Are At Stake”; Chapter 15. Adventures in Retirement; Chapter 16. Epilogue; Index.

   Series:
      Presidential Wives
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2004
   ISBN: 1-59033-806-5
  
  
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