History Now 35 (Spring 2013)

America’s First Ladies

From the Editor

The Constitution does not spell out the duties or define the powers of a president’s spouse, yet America’s “first ladies” have, from the beginning of our nation, played key roles as public figures. They have set precedents, established social protocols, embraced reforms, advocated policies, and served as role models for many American girls and young women. As March is Women’s History month, this issue of History Now focuses on the lives of four of our most notable first ladies. Perhaps a future issue will focus on the lives of...More »