TITLE: My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives
SPEAKER: Gerard Gawalt
EVENT DATE: 2006/03/30
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
Library of Congress manuscript historian Gerard Gawalt discussed his new book "My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives," in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book.
Published by the Library of Congress in association with Black Dog & Leventhal, this compelling anthology draws upon the Library's vast collections of presidential papers to open a unique window into the special husband-wife relationships of our first families. Through 184 letters, telegrams and cables, "My Dear President" offers an intimate look into the private lives of American presidents and their wives--from George and Martha Washington to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton--during courtship and marriage, in times of joy and times of sorrow, in wartime and in peace.
Speaker Biography: Gerard Gawalt is a historian and curator of presidential papers in the Library's Manuscript Division. His books include "The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text" (1999), "Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty" (2000) and "First Daughters: Letters Between U.S. Presidents and Their Daughters" (2004).
SERIES: Books & Beyond