Martha Washington

Martha Washington

An American Life

Book - 2005
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Martha Custis was an attractive, wealthy widow and the mother of two young children when she agreed to marry again in 1759 and begin a new life as Martha Washington. For the next forty-one years, Martha was not only her husband’s beloved partner, but also the absolute mainstay of his increasingly powerful and stressful life. Far from the kindly frump of popular mythology, Brady has discovered a decisive, indomitable woman who contributed greatly to the character of the new country in war and peace. In her superb new biography, Patricia Brady at last gives the first first lady her due.Though Martha Washington burned their private correspondence after George’s death, Brady draws on a vast array of primary sources to reconstruct the daily texture of the Washingtons’ marriage as well as the nuances of Martha’s character. Martha Washington was a strong-minded, passionate individual, a woman deeply devoted to her husband, children, and country. This first biography to capture her generosity, humor, grace, and stubborn resourcefulness is sure to win fans of Founding Mothersand anyone curious about women’s roles in the shaping of our nation.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2005
ISBN: 9780670034307
Branch Call Number: 973.41 W278br 2005
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Nov 29, 2018

This biography of Martha Washington is full of detail inside of a broad historical overview. Once again I am amazed at the many and varied roles women in this time period took on and without compensation or recognition. Martha was an amazing partner for George and I wonder if the Revolution would have been successful without them. We owe them our country I think. Highly reccommend this read.


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