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James & Dolley Madison : America's first power couple

Author: Bruce Chadwick
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America's first power couple. Using recently uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, among other sources, historian Bruce Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons' personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president--the architect of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: James Madison; Dolley Madison; Dolley Madison; James Madison; Dolley Madison; James Madison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Chadwick
ISBN: 9781616148355 1616148357
OCLC Number: 842880703
Description: 450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Saving George Washington in a city on fire --
Opposites attract : the unlikely meeting of James Madison and Dolley Todd --
The happy groom retires from public life --
Return to Montpelier, 1796 --
Montpelier to Washington, DC : the making of a public man --
A new world : the Madisons arrive in Washington --
The Madisons as social lions --
The Louisiana Purchase : America becomes a giant --
The veteran Secretary of State --
The battles with Britain --
Mister President --
A new administration and a new couple --
The never-ending dispute with Great Britain --
The ever-changing America --
War looms everywhere over America --
The first days of the War of 1812 --
The war years : Dolley --
The early years of the war --
War : land and sea --
The Montpelier of the president : the summer White House --
Into the war's stretch --
Home to Montpelier : retirement --
A new life amid the forests --
Payne Todd : "The serpent in the garden of Eden" --
The Madisons : slavery and stormy years --
Dolley : triumph, tragedy, and history.
Other Titles: James and Dolley Madison
Responsibility: Bruce Chadwick.
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"This revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America's first power couple. Using recently uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, among other sources, historian Bruce Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons' personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president--the architect of the Constitution--owed much of his success to the political savvy of his wife. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today. Within the new historical papers are remarkable stories of Dolley's parties and her backdoor politicking. Chadwick argues that Madison was not a boring, average president--as other historians have characterized him--but a vibrant, tough leader--and a very successful commander in chief in the War of 1812. These documents also help to paint a searing portrait of the Madisons' struggles with their irresponsible son and outline how their lifelong funding of his whims brought about their own demise. Blending the personal and the political, this is a fascinating portrait of a couple whose life together contributed so much to the future course of our nation"--

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