Leading Ladies of the White House Communication Strategies of Notable Twentieth-Century First Ladies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-17
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Based on the volume Inventing a Voice, the more concise Leading Ladies of the White House follows the lives and communication of some of the most notable twentieth-century first ladies. Exploring their speaking, writing, media coverage and interactions, and visual rhetoric, the book includes Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. Featuring an introduction on the public persona of a president's spouse and a chapter on the first lady as a site of American womanhood, Leading Ladies of the White House captures these high-profile women's reflections on public expectations and perceived restrictions on their communication.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Editor's Introduction ix
First Ladies' Fundamental Rhetorical Choices: When to Speak? What to Say? When to Remain Silent?
Molly Meijer Wertheimer
The First Lady
A Site of ``American Womanhood''
Karrin Vasby Anderson
Eleanor Roosevelt
A Rhetorical Reconstruction of First Ladydom
Lisa R. Barry
Jacqueline Kennedy
The Rhetorical Construction of Camelot
Elizabeth J. Natalle
Lady Bird Johnson
The Making of a Public First Lady with Private Influence
Diana B. Carlin
Pat Nixon
Wisdom to Know the Difference
Linda B. Hobgood
Betty Ford
A Certain Comfort from a Candid First Lady
Nichola D. Gutgold
Linda B. Hobgood
Rosalynn Carter
Crafting a Presidential Partnership Rhetorically
Diane M. Blair
Shawn J. Parry-Giles
Nancy Reagan
Leading Lady, Supporting Actress, or Bit Player
Janette Kenner Muir
Mary Mooney
Barbara Bush
Her Rhetorical Development and Appeal
Molly Meijer Wertheimer
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Using Her Vital Voice
Anne F. Mattina
Epilogue Laura Bush
Using the ``Magic of Words'' to Educate and Advocate
Molly Meijer Wertheimer
Index 271(10)
About the Contributors 281

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