America’s First Ladies
Although they’re not always in the spotlight, America’s First Ladies serve as confidantes, strategists, and diplomats in their own right. Two hundred years ago, Dolley Madison regularly threw dinner parties that forged political alliances; Eleanor Roosevelt ushered in the New Deal, and fought for civil rights. This hour, we’ll take a close look at the role of First Lady.
- Richard Norton Smith, Presidential historian at George Mason University and former head of five presidential libraries
- Mark Farkas, Executive Producer for C-SPAN Special First Ladies: Influence and Image