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James & Dolley Madison : America's first power couple

Author: Bruce Chadwick
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
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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. Chadwick argues that Madison was not a boring, average president, as other historians have
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Chadwick, Bruce.
James & Dolley Madison
(DLC) 2013036222
(OCoLC)842880703
Named Person: James Madison; Dolley Madison; Dolley Madison; James Madison
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Chadwick
ISBN: 9781616148362 1616148365
OCLC Number: 869302481
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
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.
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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. 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. He contends that Madison, the architect of the Constitution, owed much of his success to the political savvy of his charismatic, much younger wife, whose parties and backdoor politicking make for remarkable stories. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today. Despite their glamorous lifestyle, behind the scenes, the Madisons struggled with family drama: James and Dolley's constant funding of their charming but sociopathic son's misadventures ultimately led to their own financial ruin. Blending the personal and the political, this is a fascinating profile of a couple whose life together contributed so much to the future course of our nation. From the Hardcover edition.

"Using newly uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, 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"--

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