FIRST LADIES

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First Ladies: Influence and Image is an original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America’s 45 First Ladies through conversations with top experts and video tours of historic sites. To view the entire series, visit: http://firstladies.c-span.org/

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (Mrs. George Washington), Eliphalet Frazer Andrews, 1878, From the collection of: The White House
Martha Washington
1731 - 1802

As First Lady, Martha Washington brought with her the life experiences that formed her ways of thinking.

1901, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Abigail Adams
1744 - 1818

A discussion about the life and role of Abigail Adams during the Revolutionary War.

Dolley Payne Madison (Mrs. James Madison), Gilbert Stuart, 1804, From the collection of: The White House
Dolley Madison
1768 - 1849

A discussion about Dolley Madison’s role during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency.

1998, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Mary Todd Lincoln
1818 - 1882

Guests discuss the politics involved in the 1860 election and Mary Lincoln’s early days in the White House.

President Wilson at Game 2 of the 1915 World Series Photograph, 1915-10-09, From the collection of: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Edith Wilson
1872 - 1961

Guests discuss Edith Wilson taking over for her husband, Woodrow Wilson, after he suffered a series of incapacitating strokes.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Peter Stackpole, 1937-11, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Eleanor Roosevelt
1884 - 1962

Guests discuss the beginning of the Roosevelt Administration and the role of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during that time.

1990-06, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Jacqueline Kennedy
1929 - 1994

Guests discuss Jacqueline Kennedy’s contributions as First Lady including entertaining and the arts.

Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson (Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson), Elizabeth Shoumatoff, 1968, From the collection of: The White House
Lady Bird Johnson
1912 - 2007

Guests discus First Lady Johnson’s role in the 1960 presidential campaign in which John F. Kennedy was elected president and Lyndon Johnson vice president.

1984, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Betty Ford
1918 - 2011

Historian Richard Norton Smith on Betty Ford’s role as First Lady, including her beliefs on key political issues.

Nancy Davis Reagan, Aaron Shikler, 1987, From the collection of: The White House
Nancy Reagan
1921 - 2016

Guests discuss First Lady Nancy Reagan's contributions to the White House.

Barbara Pierce Bush (Mrs. George H. W. Bush), Charles A. Fagan, 2005, From the collection of: The White House
Barbara Bush
1925 -

Guests discuss First Lady Barbara Bush and her work with literacy within the United States.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Official Portrait / U.S. Senate Historical Office, Photographer Unknown, Original Source: History, Art & Archives - United States House of Representatives
Hillary Clinton
1947 - 

Guests discuss the First Lady Hillary Clinton's transition from the White House and decision to run for office in the Senate.

Laura Welch Bush, John Howard Sanden, 2012, From the collection of: The White House
Laura Bush
1946 - 

First Lady Laura Bush and guests discuss the possibility of a salary for First Ladies and whether or not they should be able to have a career outside the White House.

Michelle Obama
1964 - 

Guests discuss the image of First Lady Michelle Obama in the media.

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First Ladies: Influence and Image is an original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America’s 45 First Ladies through conversations with top experts and video tours of historic sites.

To view the entire series, visit: http://firstladies.c-span.org/

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