American First Ladies are an incredible group of man from differing backgrounds and a variety of political views. Their wives are just as impressive.
Some, like Martha Washington, overcame shyness to be at her husband’s side through war and the turmoil of a brand new nation. Others, like Nancy Reagan, took a strong stand against evil in the nation. Nancy took her stand against drugs. Some First Ladies earned nicknames because of personal conviction—that’s what happened to “Lemonade Lucy.” First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy redecorated the White House and First Lady Abigail Adams saved historical artwork when the White House caught on fire.
Why 50, not 45?
The First Lady is the Hostess of the White House. Most often this is the wife of the President, but sometimes, if the President is a widower or single, a sister, daughter, or daughter-in-law fills in and is given the title First Lady. Sometimes a President lost his wife and remarried while still President. That’s why there are more First Ladies than Presidents.
In your research, you can discover these amazing First Ladies who were smart, beautiful, articulate, and, above all, committed to supporting their husbands in the difficult role of leading the greatest nation on earth. You will be impressed, amazed, saddened, and bewildered as you learn more about the lives of these amazing women.
It’s so fun to research and record what you learn!