May 9, 2021

Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House

Use the resources below to learn about the women in the White House and the some of the roles various first ladies took on throughout the years. One fun learning activity comes from the Collection Connections section of Words and Deeds in American History. Ask students to consider if these letter show evidence of a first lady exerting political influence. Letter excerpt, Abigail Adams to John Adams advising her husband to "remember the ladies" (complete letter), March 31, 1776 Letter, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Martha Washington

Today in History–May 22–the Library of Congress features America's first, first lady Martha Washington, who died on this day in 1802. Unfortunately, few of the letters written by Martha and George remain since she burned most before her death to protect their privacy. Learn more about this upstanding woman and consummate hostess by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related primary sources. Martha Washington image set Martha Washington … [Read more...]