Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies

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University Press of Kansas
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5.4 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kristie Miller is a research associate at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, and author of Isabella Greenway: An Enterprising Woman and Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics, 1880-1944. She is also coeditor of A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953, and We Have Come to Stay: American Women and Political Parties, 1880-1960.


"Miller's text is filled with rich detail about how Wilson lived and interacted with his two wives . . . Miller provides readers with important insights into Woodrow Wilson's relationships that earlier works, which focused solely on one of the women in his life, have not."--Historian

"A well documented, long-overdue comparison of President Wilson's two wives."--Journal of American History

"Eye-opening. . . . I had always thought of Wilson as a bit of a cold fish, an aloof figure and devout Presbyterian who had a Ph.D. in history and political science, and read books like Abel Hendy Jones Greenidge's Handbook of Greek Constitutional History (1896). All of which is true, but he was also intensely romantic."--Weekly Standard

"In this compelling book Miller has given us a rich portrait of Woodrow Wilson's two wives, telling family stories that became deeply significant to the course of the twentieth century."--John Milton Cooper, author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

"In felicitous prose, Miller brings to life two remarkable and very different first ladies. Readers will never view Wilson or his presidency the same way again."--Stacy A. Cordery, author of Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

"A fascinating, original contrast of two first ladies and with it a fresh view of their complex husband. An authoritative dual biography."--Michael McGerr, author of A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920

"Woodrow Wilson desperately needed adoring women to warm up his austere personality and to advise him. One of America's most important presidents and the historic defender of internationalism and the right of self-determination, Wilson could not be a great man without feminine support. . . . Deeply researched and graced with balanced judgment, this is a book you must read to understand Wilson and the twentieth century."--Kathleen M. Dalton, author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life