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  • Nancy Reagan Reflects on Her Time as First Lady
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    A Conversation with Nancy Reagan

    Mrs. Reagan talked about her experiences as first lady from 1981 to 1989 and her opinions on the changing role of the first lady.

  • The Roles of the Presidents Spouse
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    The Roles of the President's Spouse

    Carl Anthony talked about the activities and personalities of all the first ladies, their impact on the political careers of their husbands, and how they were perceived by the press of…

  • Grace Coolidges Influence on President Coolidge
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    Grace Coolidge's Influence on President Coolidge

    Historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of the two-volume First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents' Wives and Their Power, reflected on first lady Grace Coolidge’s influence on the 30th president and their…

  • emAmericas First Familiesem
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    America's First Families

    Carl Anthony talked about the private lives of the First Families, from that of President John Adams through President Bill Clinton. He used photographs, anecdotes, political analysis, and…

  • emAn Invitation to the White Houseem
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    An Invitation to the White House

    The first lady talked about her book An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History, published by Simon and Schuster. President Clinton, Mr. Brown, who wrote the forward, and Mr.…

  • A Conversation with Barbara Bush
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    A Conversation with Barbara Bush

    As part of a symposium on the roles of presidential spouses, former first lady Barbara Bush was interviewed by Mr. Anthony before an audience. She reflected on her experiences as first…

  • A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton
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    A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton

    First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talked about her role as the president’s spouse and other aspects of her life.

  • emAs We Remember Herem
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    As We Remember Her

    Mr. Anthony talked about his book As We Remember Her which focuses on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy. Mrs. Clinton said Mrs. Kennedy is a “mystique” and continues to be a part of the…

  • emNellie Taft   The Unconventional First Ladyem
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    Nellie Taft : The Unconventional First Lady

    Mr. Anthony talked about his book Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era, published by William Morrow. This is the first biography of Helen Herron Taft, the unconventional wife of the…

  • The Presidents Spouse Symbolism
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    The President's Spouse: Symbolism

    In this segment, an historian, a reporter, and a former press secretary to Roslynn Carter discussed the role of first ladies and how they are portrayed in the media.

  • Reagan Miniseries
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    Reagan Miniseries

    In a live simulcast from Showtime, participants talked about a movie on President and Mrs. Reagan telecast the previous evening. The movie was originally made as a miniseries for the CBS…

  • The Presidents Spouse Roles
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    The President's Spouse: Roles

    Former White House staff members and correspondents focused on the traditional and modern roles of the first lady within the context of the presidency and women’s history. Video footage of…

  • emGrace Coolidge From Northampton to the White Houseem
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    Grace Coolidge: From Northampton to the White House

    Mr. Anthony talked about the life and accomplishments of Grace Coolidge. He focused on her childhood and her teaching of deaf children. He also focused on her time as First Lady in the…

  • Papers of Evalyn McLean
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    Papers of Evalyn McLean

    Mr. Anthony and Ms. Wolfskill talked about Mrs. McLean’s papers at the Library of Congress which reveal private information about President and Mrs. Harding and the scandals they endured.

  • Off Stage at the White House
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    Off Stage at the White House

    Participants spoke about the presidency, life in the White House, and about past presidents' personal and family life. They also talked about their own experiences behind the scenes and…

  • emAmerican First Ladiesem
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    American First Ladies

    This annual event, held on Bess Truman’s birthday, honors women in general and first ladies specifically. Mr. Anthony contrasted the behaviors and attitudes of first ladies throughout this…

  • American Presidents Series Finale
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    American Presidents Series Finale

    To conclude the C-SPAN American Presidents series, telephone lines were opened for audience comments on the American President series and to answer the question, “Who was the most influential…

  • Candidates Wives News Coverage
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    Candidates' Wives News Coverage

    Journalists, former staffers, and others discussed news coverage of candidates' wives, Hillary Clinton and Mrs. Dole, as well as coverage of several other first ladies. Mr. Anthony is the…

  • Washington Sunday Journal
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    Washington Sunday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes and…

  • A Conversation with Rosalynn Carter
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    A Conversation with Rosalynn Carter

    Mrs. Carter discussed her experiences during the time her husband, Jimmy, was president, describing in great detail such events as the Camp David Accord. She talked with Mr. Anthony before…

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