First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore
Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail… read more
Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah Polk remains the most politically active and influential first lady. Margaret Taylor was a reluctant short-term first lady. Abigail Fillmore, a teacher, was the first presidential wife to have had a job. She established the White House library and made it a cultural center for the arts.
Video was shown from the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, Tennessee; the Millard Fillmore House Museum in East Aurora, New York; and the Yellow Oval Room from the documentary The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home.
This was the seventh episode 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
- Paul Finkelman Distinguished Professor Albany Law School->Law and Public Policy
- Kathy Frost Curator Millard Fillmore House Museum
- Robert Lowell Goller Director Aurora Historical Society (East Aurora, NY)
- Conover Hunt Historian
- Thomas "Tom" Price Curator James K. Polk Ancestral Home
- Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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