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Life in the White House : a social history of the first family and the president's house
Watson, Robert P., 1962-
Publication Information:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2004]

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xiii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Interdisciplinary essays on the White House and the lives of first families.

Author Notes

Robert P. Watson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University

Table of Contents

Robert P. WatsonRussell L. MahanElizabeth Lorelei Thacker-EstradaCarol Lynn BowerVirginia A. ChanleyChristopher S. KelleyLori Cox HanMichael J. C. TaylorTom LansfordJames S. McCallopsRobert E. DewhirstMichael E. LongTom LansfordRaymond Frey
Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Part I Introduction: The "First Home"
Overview: Welcome to the White Housep. 3
1. At Home with the First Familiesp. 9
2. Political Architecture: The Building of the President's Housep. 31
3. Rooms of Their Own: First Ladies and Their Impact on Historic White House Roomsp. 49
Part II Private Lives in a Public Home: Media Coverage of First Families
Overview: On Stage in a Public Homep. 77
4. The Media in Their Midstp. 81
5. The Carter White House: The Public and Semiprivate Lives of the First Familyp. 99
6. A Tale of Two Brothers: Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, and the Mediap. 115
7. First Sons versus First Daughters: A Gender Bias in News Media Coverage?p. 143
Part III Profiles of First Families in the White House
Overview: Calling the White House "Home"p. 167
8. "A Hell on Earth": The Pierce Marriage During the White House Years, 1853-1857p. 173
9. TR's White House: The Biggest First Familyp. 193
10. The Scandalous Hardingsp. 209
Part IV Preserving the President's House
Overview: A Mansion with a Historyp. 225
11. Renovating the White House: A Brief Historyp. 229
12. Preserving the President's House: The Office of the White House Curatorp. 245
13. Edith Roosevelt and the 1902 White House Renovationp. 261
14. The Truman Renovations of the White House: The House that Harry (Re)Builtp. 275
1. White House Floor Planp. 291
2. First Families, 1789-2003p. 293
Bibliographyp. 299
Contributorsp. 315
Indexp. 319