Carl Sferrazza Anthony: Nellie Taft The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era



Ie s dislike for Theodore Roosevelt He then built his entire book around these themes using letters and statements to back it up Sure he mentioned Nellie s accomplishments but he hardly dove into these and drew them ut There were so many topics he could have explained kept his themes to a minimum and still put The Space Child's Mother Goose out a fantastic biography Instead the author kept his themes revolving throughout the book Nellie Taft really left her mark wherever she went she started programs and instilled the influencef music to communities To me there was so much that was left ut f the main text many times the notes had information The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales on the hig This wasne f my favorite First Lady biographies so far since I have been reading through them chronologically and blogging about each ne at Remember the Ladies Carl Anthony s books are always the best at placing the lady in the context Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro of her time and showing either her uniue ualities standut compared to the Death Threat other ladies around herr how her thinking and actions blended into the culture f the dayThank you Carl for all your time and research that went into Nellie TaftI admired Nellie Taft for her willingness to step ut and give herself something productive and worthwhile to do not just before she was married when she decided to teach for pay but also after she was married when she created the Cincinnati Symphony and in the Philippines when she welcomed and visited the native cultures I was also fascinated to read about the Taft s perspective n TR since I had just read TR s perspective n the Taft s Carl Sferrazza Anthony takes a difficult subject and parses it ut so that even if it isn t fascinating you re at least able to follow the trajectory Helen Herron called Nellie all her life made the decision as a young woman that she would marry a man who would become President f the United States It made no difference that the man who fell in love with her and whom she apparently loved had as his life s dream to be Porter Rockwell: A Biography on the US Supreme Court She actively campaigned against him accepting appointments to any courts pouted when he did serve and pushed for him to be President even though he didn t much want the job and didn t care for the worknce he got it When he was not re elected in 1912 and finally blissfully joined the US Supreme Court as Chief Justice he did marvelous work and was very very happy but by then his best years healthwise were behind him Nellie apparently loved her husband very much they missed each Satire other terribly when they had to be apart if their letters tone another are anything to go by and she took care Deflower the Boss of him when he was ill Her children loved her and she was remarkably progressive insisting that there be no colorr religious barriers in her service an incredibly unbigoted woman for her time She took great joy in having a tipple a smoke and a card game when none f those things was an acceptable habit for a lady She was also behind those gorgeous cherry trees that everyone loves in DC But she was terribly class conscious held grudges for a ridiculous length f time and then f course there s the determination that her husband should not fulfill his dreams but hers I honestly don t know what to make f Nellie Taft The admiration I have for her progressive behavior and interest in the world is somewhat Being There over balanced by my dislikef her pushing her هذه بلادنا: الجواء own goalsver those f thers She s an interesting woman though not a very likeable ne I read The Bully Pulpit earlier this spring and wanted to follow up n its cast f characters Nellie Taft is presented as a modern woman at the turn f the 20th century Her Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith one ambition is to marry a man who would be president and she achieves it at a fairly young age Manipulative yes but her manipulations make for an intriguing read Thene issue I don t grasp fully is that if Taft truly desired to be Supreme Court Chief Justice how did he allow his wife to get the better f him His 4 years in the White House can be described as depressing as he longed for the bench the entire time Could it have been that had her husband assumed the bench earlier in life that Nellie would have been free from the stresses that led to her stroke Then she would have been free to enjoy her travels and activities at an earlier age All just speculation f course Most f us do not achieve ur life s ambition and Nellie Taft did and made the best f it despite her health Whenever I see a picture f Washington s cherry trees I will be reminded f this complex lady A charming read Helen Herron Nellie Taft T Lady was an advocate for higher education and partial suffrage for women and initiated legislation to improve working conditions for federal employees She smoked drank and gambled without regard to societal judgment and she freely broke racial and class boundariesDrawing from previously unpublished diaries a lifetime f love lette.

This is ne f the few non fiction books that I read this year At just ver 400 pages it was a lengthy read for me packed with information However I believe that the author did an excellent job f arranging the narrative f this book and so even though it was full f information the book also had a sense Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse of drama that compelledne s interest Ever since I was a little girl I have been interested in Presidential figures and keenly remember reading about them with some mentions Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations of their First Ladies Idle gleaningsf Wiki articles filled in the information gap a little but after reading this book I can truly say that I ve gone from knowing next to nothing about Mrs Taft to now knowing much about her than any ther First Lady Coming into the book my expectations were speculative as to how much I would enjoy learning about this person I found her spunky and though she seemed to have been a sensitive person who did not easily forget being slighted by thers as well as exhibiting classist behavior from time to time her immense love for music unflagging endurance and striving ambition demanded my respect All in all I very much enjoyed reading this book A large portion f it also details her close relationship with President Taft and gives a further degree f familiarity with his personality during various stages The Stringbean Murders of their lives I wouldn t have normally chosen to read a book such as this but I had a hard time finding a biographyf William Taft that looked good to me I am reading through all أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of the presidents The storyf a very head strong determined bossy woman does not appeal to me in the least but I still did find this book interesting to read and a good peek into early 1900s life in America What an interesting time period it was There were a lot Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, of changes goingn in the world at that time I was especially saddened to read about Nellie s dominance The Sporty Game over her husband the worstf it being her pushing him into the presidency when all he d ever dreamed American Yakuza II of was being Supreme Court Chief Justice At an early age she determined that she would marry a future president and she made sure that it came true with allf her strength and unstoppable determination It was also scary to find Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders out how much control she hadver Taft during the presidency in some ways America has already had a woman president Ironically however Nellie did suffer a stroke during the presidency and was incapacitated for months I was satisfied to learn that Taft did eventually reach his dream Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of being Supreme Court Justice what a moment for him after serving as president By this time Nellie had relinuished uite a bitf control Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing over him and this was probably the best timef his life doing what he had always dreamed Blood Love of doing exactly what suited his nature and personality Nellie was an extremely irritating person to read about headstrongpinionated unemotional harsh driven detached bossy somewhat f a whiner unimaginative and completely dominating She did however soften with age and I felt a touch f liking for her in reading about her latter days Overall this book is decently written and includes lots f interesting facts Like I said I normally wouldn t have chosen reading material like this but don t regret that I read it It is always interesting to learn about the lives that have gone before us to learn from their mistakes and gain encouragement from their successes and accomplishments What a remarkable woman Nellie Taft was Living in a time when women had almost no pportunity to set their wn course Mrs Taft was a strong partner in her relationship with her husband She said when she was a young girl that she wanted to marry a president and live in the White House and that she did But what a ride to get there taking her through the Philippines and around the world She set many precedents for a First Lady including being the first First Lady to ride back from the inauguration with her husband the president And she loved her beer While very pen to diverse groups f people she was also very elitist Honestly there is so much I want to write about Nellie Taft but Mr Anthony does such a tremendous job I won t steal his thunder Read this book if for no ther reason than to see the expression n people s faces when you tell them you are reading a book n Nellie Taft Where do I startThis book really got under my skin I actually had to put it down and read something else for a bitI felt the author picked a few themes namely Nellie s DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting obsession with marrying a President Nellie enjoying beer and playing cards Nell. On the morningf William Howard Taft's inauguration Nellie Taft publicly expressed that theirs would be a joint presidency by shattering precedent and demanding that she ride alongside her husband down Pennsylvania Avenue a tradition previously held for the utgoing president In an era before Eleanor Roosevelt this progressive Firs.

As considered unconventional She drank alcohol smoked cigarette and gambled and insisted n participating in her husband s political affairs She was the first f the First Ladies to drive an automobile while first lady The car was a Pierce ArrowAccording to Anthony Nellie Taft was the ne that wanted to be in public Civil rights, tool of communist deception office as women could not voter hold ffice she pushed her husband into politics He was nly interested in the law and his goal was to be the Chief Justice Cutthroat of the Supreme Court The author discusses in detail the time Taft was the Governor Generalf the Philippines Anthony also presents Nellie s side in the 1912 feud between Taft and Roosevelt providing another perspective to the An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims often told storyTaft was a middling president and big business called him the sugarplum president The book provides a fascinating look into the complex personalities and the rolef women in the early twentieth centuryNellie trained to be a teacher and was a French teacher Nellie spoke German Spanish and French as well as Latin and Greek While in the Philippines she learned some Tagalog She had a great interest in music and studying music in school She helped found the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nellie drew The Claiming of the Shrew on her broad knowledgef music to recruit a series Summoned of famous and soon to be famous professional musicians to perform for gatheringsf a few hundred guests in the White HouseThe author states that the Tafts were the first presidential couple to attend a Seder while in ffice Anthony provides a vivid portrait f Nellie Taft and the society she lived in I read this n my Kindle app for my iPad I guess by now it is well known that Doris Kerns Goodwin has a new book coming ut November 5 2013 about Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft called THE BULLY PULPIT I have it n rder and expect like all Dead Inside of Kern s books it will be excellent In anticipation I remembered that I had in my library a copyf Carl Anthony s biography f Taft s wife Nellie Taft I had bought it some time ago because I had really enjoyed Anthony s book FLORENCE HARDING THE FIRST LADY THE JAZZ AGE AND THE DEAL OF AMERICA S MOST SCANDALOUS PRESIDENT 5 stars If you have not read this prior book you will find it a most entertaining and interesting book I highly recommend it to you see my review n com I also enjoyed the Nellie Taft book It is well written The Taste of Spruce Gum organized and covers a history that is for most American s a black holef ignorance Taft is remembered as being a failed President who weighed than any ther in history and maybe some might recall he also became Chief Justice f the Supreme Court And although Anthony gives lots She Stoops to Conquer of information about President Taft and his fallut from Theodore Roosevelt the book uite rightly focuses Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile on his strong willed wife who pushed him against his better judgment into running for President he apparently hated the job As such Nellie Taft was indeed the power behind the thrown and most uniueshe smoked and drank even during proabition supported minority rights helping Taft to govern the Philippines She is also responsible for the cherry trees that make Washington DC so special in spring Unfortunately she had two strokes shortly after becoming first lady and did not fully recover until after her husband lost re election A loss neither she nor her husband the President mourned mainly because they feared a Theodore Roosevelt third term Nellie had a special dislikef Theodore Roosevelt and especially Roosevelt s wife This rivalry between friends consumed her Nellie Taft is the story Orb of a self confident progressive liberal world traveling modern woman in an age where such behavior was much groundbreaking than say Eleanor Roosevelt who Nellie likedr today s Hillary Clinton In fact in a different age and time it is not hard to speculate that Nellie Taft might held The Dandy and Lady Penelope office in herwn right Her Son Bob Taft became the right wing isolationist senator who in 1940 first tried to run for President Nellie supported him but not his views He found she was very much her wn woman I found it especially interesting that after her husband died Nellie began to travel alone all around the world n long extended trips She loved the theater and music attending all the productions she could She never slowed down and rather be alone traveling that visiting family even at Christmas She died in her mid 80s during the middle Multi-Family Therapy of World War II from lung disease most likely due to her smoking habit To the end she loved a good cocktail I think knowing her would have been uite a kick Thoughts soon. Rs between Will and Nellie and detailed family correspondence and recollections critically acclaimed presidential family historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony develops a riveting portraitf Nellie Taft as ne f the strongest links in the series f women from Abigail Adams to Hillary Rodham Clinton ften critically declared copresidents.

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