A Free Press for a Free People: Newspapers in America
Dolley Madison: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Three to four class periods
Dolley Madison was one of the most popular First Ladies of the 19th century; she was noted for her ability to welcome people from various backgrounds and with various beliefs to the White House, and to participate elegantly and energetically in the Washington social scene. Much of this “public” life – as well as the political life of her husband – were chronicled in newspapers, which exerted growing influence on the popular culture of the time.