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    First Ladies' Support for the Military Community

    First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor Laura Bush talked about their support for U.S. servicemembers, veterans, and their families. They spoke about their shared experiences raising…

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    First Ladies During Wartime

    Historians examined the contributions of American first ladies during the nation’s wars. Speakers included William Seale, author of The President’s House and other books; history professor…

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    Louisa

    Louisa Thomas talked about her book Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, in which she recalls the life of first lady Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams. born in…

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    The Firebrand and the First Lady

    Patricia Bell-Scott talked about her book The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, in which she…

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    Showcase for the Nation

    This 1968 documentary tells the story of Lady Bird Johnson’s beautification program. The program focused on improving neglected areas of the nation’s capital by planting trees and flowers,…

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    Life and Legacy of Mary Lincoln

    Stacey Pratt McDermott talked about her book, Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman. “Mary Lincoln on Mary Lincoln: Hearing the Voice of Mary Lincoln and Contextualizing Her Life and Legacy” was part of the…

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    First Lady Helen Taft

    Lewis Gould and Jane Hampton Cook talked about the life and influence of first lady Helen “Nellie” Taft and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Mrs. Taft’s efforts to make Washington a…

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    In his weekly address, President Obama paid a tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan by discussing her legacy, particularly in medical research. She died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the…

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    Nancy Reagan's Legacy

    Tom DeFrank, who covered the Reagan administration, talked about former first lady Nancy Reagan’s life and legacy.

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    House Speaker Ryan Pays His Respects to Nancy Reagan

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) paid his respects to former first lady Nancy Reagan as she lay in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Speaker Ryan would not be able to attend…

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    Nancy Reagan Casket Arrival

    Former first lady Nancy Reagan’s casket arrived at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where she would lie in repose for two days. A brief prayer was said before the private family…

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    Nancy Reagan Lying in Repose

    Members of the public paid their respects to former first lady Nancy Reagan as she lay in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Her casket was…

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    White House Flag Lowered to Half-Staff for Nancy Reagan

    The White House flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of former first lady Nancy Reagan who died the previous day. U.S. government flags would be at half staff until her funeral.

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    First Lady Nancy Reagan

    Judy Woodruff and Carl Cannon talked about the life and influence of first lady Nancy Reagan and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. They discussed her role as a political partner with her husband, his…

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    First Ladies as Political Partners

    Richard Norton Smith spoke about the role of U.S. first ladies as political partners to their husbands. He was interviewed by Susan Swain. They also discussed their book First Ladies: Presidential Historians on…

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    Martha Washington Lecture Preview

    Douglas Bradburn and Mark Farkas talked about the second annual Martha Washington Lecture. Susan Swain and Richard Norton Smith would be discussinng their book First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the…

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    Private Lives and Public Images of the First Ladies

    Susan Swain led a panel discussion on how the first ladies of the United States have tried to balance their families' private lives with public expectations of the first family. Topics included changing…

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    First Lady Michelle Obama

    Liza Mundy and Krissah Thompson talked about the life and influence of first lady Michelle Obama and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. They talked about her family life and education, her support of her…

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    First Lady Laura Bush

    Ann Gerhart and Mark Updegrove talked about the life and influence of first lady Laura Bush and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. They talked about her childhood in Texas, career as a teacher and…

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    First Lady Hillary Clinton

    Gail Sheehy and David Maraniss talked about the life and influence of first lady Hillary Clinton and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. They discussed her career in law and her political…

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