Lesson Plans Polk, Sarah


Polk, Sarah
First Lady's Political Role: Fitting or Feisty?
Nearly all First Ladies have been ‘social’ partners of their husbands, arranging social events, having dinners with people invited who could advance their husbands’ careers.  Sarah Polk, however, was one of the early First Ladies who was also a ‘political” partner: advising her husband, helping to craft and edit, and then strategize the ways in which legislation that supported the administration’s goals could be enacted.  In spite of assuming a “new” kind of role as First Lady, Sarah Polk was admired by both the men and women of Washington…something of a feat in a city where the President and spouse are often subject to intense scrutiny and often, criticism.
Skill: High School/College     Category: Law, Politics and Govt

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