As we prepare for Presidents Day coming up, you may hear a lot more about our past US presidents than you do other times of the year. Still, chances are you will hear very little (if anything) about our 12th president, James K. Polk. It is also certain you won’t hear a single thing about his Fist Lady, Sarah Polk. That’s a shame, as Sarah Polk’s place in history is more interesting than that of her husband, as is her legacy that arguably is still resonating today. Now, for the first time, Sarah Polk gets the biography she deserves, Lady First – The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy S. Greenberg.

About Lady First – The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy S. Greenberg:

“The little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk—a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism. While the Women’s Rights convention was taking place at Seneca Falls in 1848, First Lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman in Washington, D.C. Yet, while history remembers the women of the convention, it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk. Now, in her riveting biography, Amy S. Greenberg brings Sarah’s story into vivid focus. We see Sarah as the daughter of a frontiersman who raised her to discuss politics and business with men; we see the savvy and charm she brandished in order to help her brilliant but unlikeable husband, James K. Polk, ascend to the White House. We watch as she exercises truly extraordinary power as First Lady: quietly manipulating elected officials, shaping foreign policy, and directing a campaign in support of America’s expansionist war against Mexico. And we meet many of the enslaved men and women whose difficult labor made Sarah’s political success possible.”

Lady First – The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy S. Greenberg is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.