Bonnie Angelo's "First Mothers" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Bonnie Angelo's "First Mothers"
Reviews Bonnie Angelo's "First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents", which takes a look at the mothers of recent U.S. presidents.
# 118784 | 1,660 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper explains that, although much has been written about wives of presidents, little has been investigated about the influence of their mothers. Bonnie Angelo's "First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents", the author reveals, underscores that, rather than their wives, the First Mothers made a greater impact on the success and stature of their sons and therefore deserve more than mere mention of their contributions. The paper relates stories from this book about Sara Delano Roosevelt, Martha Ellen Young Truman,
Ida Eisenhower, Rose Kennedy, Rebekah Baines Johnson, Hannah Milhous Nixon, Dorothy Gardner (Gerald Ford), Lillian Carter, Nelle Reagan, Dorothy Walker Bush (the first President Bush), Virginia Clinton Kelley (Bill Clinton) and Barbara Bush (the second President Bush).

From the Paper:

"Bill Clinton's mother, Virginia, had tragedy to overcome when her first husband, William Blythe, was killed in a one-car accident in 1946. She was pregnant with the future president, and when he was born named him William Jefferson Blythe III, in honor of his father. Even when he later took the name of his step-father, Clinton, he seemed to be the man of the house. Angelo quotes him as saying, "I was 40 years old by the time I was 16.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angelo, Bonnie: First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents New York: HarperCollins (2001)

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