First Ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica Singleton Van Buren

Patricia Brady and Michael Henderson talked about the life and influence of first ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica… read more

Patricia Brady and Michael Henderson talked about the life and influence of first ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica Singleton Van Buren. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the importance of a White House hostess and the role of women in society and politics.

Rachel Jackson died before her husband was sworn in as president but her memory influenced his presidency. Later in the Jackson administration her niece, Emily Donelson, became White House hostess, but was dismissed due to political and social scandals in Washington society. President Van Buren was a widower. Dolley Madison’s cousin Angelica Singleton became the White House hostess when she married his oldest son.

Video clips were shown of tours of The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, and of Lindenwald in Kinderhook, New York, and of an interview with William Seale.

This was the fifth presentation in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • McKay, Jim Chief Ranger Van Buren (Martin) National Historic Site
  • Mullin, Marsha Chief Curator and V.P. Hermitage, The (Nashville, TN)->Museum Services
  • Seale, William Editor White House Historical Association->White House History Journal
  • Swain, Susan Host C-SPAN
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First Ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica Singleton Van Buren

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Program ID:
310728-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 25, 2013
Last Aired:
Aug 10, 2013

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  • Mar 25, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Mar 25, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 25, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 26, 2013 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 30, 2013 | 7:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 01, 2013 | 7:20pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Apr 01, 2013 | 7:27pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 09, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 09, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Aug 10, 2013 | 12:07am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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