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First Ladies as Modern Celebrities: Politics and the Press in Progressive Era America

Abstract Historians often characterize first ladies in the Progressive Era as representatives of the last vestiges of Victorian womanhood in an increasingly modern society. This dissertation argues that first ladies negotiated an image of themselves that fulfilled both traditional and modern notions of womanhood. In crafting these images, first ladies constructed images of their celebrity selves that were uniquely modern. Thus, images of first ladies in the Progressive Era show them as modest and feminine but also autonomous, intelligent, and capable. Using the historian Charles Ponce de Leon's research on modern human-interest journalism, I contend that first ladies in the Progressive Era worked with the modern press in a symbiotic relationship... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Horohoe, Jill A. (Author) / Gullett, Gayle (Advisor) / Longley, Rodney K (Committee member) / Warren-Findley, Jannelle (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Women's Studies / Political Science / First Ladies / Progressive Era / Roosevelt / Taft / Wilson
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 280 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. History 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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