Life in the White House: A Social History of the First by Robert P. Watson

By Robert P. Watson

Interdisciplinary essays at the White residence and the lives of first families.

This designated viewpoint at the White residence, probably the most quite simply identifiable buildings on the earth, brings jointly the perspectives of librarians, newshounds, political advisers, legal professionals, researchers, and professors. full of anecdotes, little-known evidence, and scholarly research, the ebook exhibits how "The People's condo" has been formed and molded either architecturally and philosophically through the several administrations over the last two hundred years.

Erudite and interesting, Life within the White House seems on the social heritage of the 1st family members, the construction of the president's domestic, and efforts through first households to carve out an area for the real enterprise of kinfolk, whereas conserving the heritage in their well-known place of abode. This public museum and personal place of abode, which begun because the results of a $500 Jefferson-era architectural layout contest, now symbolizes one of many world's nice superpowers.

"Life within the White home is a excitement to learn. in truth, i couldn't placed it down. it truly is jam-packed with anecdotal tales that variety from humorous to tragic. One will get a true experience of what it used to be prefer to stay there. This booklet can be in each presidential library." — Anthony J. Eksterowicz, coeditor of The Post-Cold struggle Presidency

"This is a distinct and fascinating compilation that's conscientiously researched and written in an enticing and available variety. by means of concentrating on either the constitution of the White apartment and its many usages, the members supply an strangely entire and finished view of existence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." — Mary Linehan, Spalding University

Contributors comprise Carol Lynn Bower, Virginia A. Chanley, Robert E. Dewhirst, Raymond Frey, Lori Cox Han, Christopher S. Kelley, Tom Lansford, Michael E. lengthy, Russell L. Mahan, James S. McCallops, Michael J. C. Taylor, Elizabeth Lorelei Thacker-Estrada, and Robert P. Watson.

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Paul F. , Presidential Anecdotes, 1981, 34–35. 32. Watson, 2000, 76–78. 33. Garrison, 1989, 215–221. 34. , 191. 35. Dewhirst, 2002, 341. 36. Aikman, 1991, 39–41. 37. , 33–35, 43–44. 38. Dewhirst, 2002, 341–348; Robert P. Watson, “Nation’s Social Hostess,” 2002, 349–356. 39. Dewhirst, 2002, 342. 40. Elizabeth Lorelei Thacker-Estrada, “The Heart of the Fillmore Presidency . . ,” 2001, 83–98. 41. Garrison, 1989, 234–237. 42. Watson, 2001, 151–157. 43. Margaret Baynard Smith, The First Forty Years of Washington Society .

To facilitate a Potomac site, the state legislatures of Maryland and Virginia offered to the federal government any ten square miles it might want for its capital. Three of the men who wanted the Potomac site, all from Virginia, had impeccable credentials and vast influence within the country. ” Even in the face of such worthies as these, however, the issue was in fair debate and in a state of suspense. The ultimate decision of where to locate the federal capital was part and parcel of one of the earliest examples of political logrolling in Congress.

2. Lonnell Aikman, The Living White House, 1991, 2. 3. Donald R. Kennon, A Republic for the Ages . . , 1999, 270–285. 4. Richard Norton Smith, Patriarch, 1993, 115–130. 5. Smith, 1993, 128. 6. John Whitcomb and Claire Whitcomb, Real Life at the White House . . , 2000, 1–2. 7. , xvii. 8. An excellent source of information on public accessibility to the White House and the history of the “people’s house,” see the White House Historical Association’s The White House: An Historic Guide, 1995. 9. Whitcomb and Whitcomb, 2000, xv.

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