Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¾ x 9
978-0-7425-2970-0 • Hardback • November 2003 • $131.00 • (£101.00)
978-0-7425-2971-7 • Paperback • October 2004 • $81.00 • (£62.00)
Molly Meijer Wertheimer is professor of speech communications and affiliate associate professor of women's studies at Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton.
Chapter 1 Editor's Introduction: First Ladies' Fundamental Rhetorical Choices: When to Speak? What to Say? When to Remain Silent?
Chapter 2 1 The First Lady: A Site of "American Womanhood"
Chapter 3 2 Ida Saxton McKinley: Indomitable Spirit or Autocrat of the Sick Bed
Chapter 4 3 Edith Kermit Roosevelt: First Lady, First Mommy
Chapter 5 4 Helen Herron Taft: Opportunity and Ambition
Chapter 6 5 Ellen Axson Wilson: A Rhetorical Reassessment of a Forgotten First Lady
Chapter 7 6 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson: Actions Speak Louder than Words
Chapter 8 7 Florence Kling Harding: Bridging Traditional and Modern Rhetorical Roles
Chapter 9 8 Grace Goodhue Coolidge: Articulating Virtue
Chapter 10 9 Lou Henry Hoover: Mining the Possibilities as Leader and First Lady
Chapter 11 10 Eleanor Roosevelt: A Rhetorical Reconstruction of First Ladydom
Chapter 12 11 Bess Wallace Truman: "The Boss" from Independence
Chapter 13 12 Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower: Reflecting the Mood of the Nation
Chapter 14 13 Jacqueline Kennedy: The Rhetorical Construction of Camelot
Chapter 15 14 Lady Bird Johnson: The Making of a Public First Lady with Private Influence
Chapter 16 15 Pat Nixon: Wisdom to Know the Difference
Chapter 17 16 Betty Ford: A Certain Comfort From a Candid First Lady
Chapter 18 17 Rosalynn Carter: Crafting a Presidential Partnership Rhetorically
Chapter 19 18 Nancy Reagan: Leading Lady, Supporting Actress, or Bit Player
Chapter 20 19 Barbara Bush: Her Rhetorical Development and Appeal
Chapter 21 20 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Using Her Vital Voice
Chapter 22 Epilogue: Laura Bush: Using the "Magic of Words" to Educate and Advocate
Molly Meijer Wertheimer's Inventing A Voice is an excellent addition to the first lady research shelf. Addressing an area not usually examined by first lady historians, this ambitious book examines the rhetorical discourse of first ladies from Ida McKinley to Laura Bush. The essays are interesting and well-researched and provide perspective on the most difficult unpaid job in America.
— Myra G. Gutin, Rider University
This collection offers new insights into the private and personal lives of America's First Ladies through an examination of their rhetorical discourse and image. Essential.
— Choice Reviews
By utilizing both traditional and alternative approaches to the study of mass communcation, the authors reveal the complexities of political outreach and exchange as conducted by the presidents' wives. First ladies, these authors maintain, have invented their voices with throught and care. They have not chosen simply between speech and silence, but rather among a diverse array of messages, means, and audiences.
— MaryAnne Borrelli, Conneticut College; Rhetoric & Public Affairs
This book is a worthy and long-overdue addition to the growing base of scholarly literature on the first ladies. Wertheimer is to be commended for bringing together probing, original essays on every first lady of the twentieth century that examine the rhetorical styles and communication of those occupying this most dynamic and challenging 'office.' I enthusiastically recommend it to scholars of the presidency, communication, media studies, and women's studies, and also believe the book would make a fine supplemental text for the classroom, as students will find it to be quite readable and approachable!
— Robert P. Watson, Lynn University; author of Affairs of State, The Presidents’ Wives, and America’s First Crisis