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
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Patricia Brady Director (Former) Historic New Orleans Collection->Publications
- Michael Douglas Henderson Superintendent (Former) Van Buren (Martin) National Historic Site
- Jim McKay Chief Ranger Van Buren (Martin) National Historic Site
- Marsha Mullin Chief Curator and V.P. Hermitage, The (Nashville, TN)->Museum Services
- William Seale Editor White House Historical Association->White House History Journal
- Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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