Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a city and a Governement
Women of political families, like Dolley Madison and Louisa Catherine Adams, used the social scene to help build the relationships needed to conduct the work of government. In doing so, they created a space in which politics was effectively conducted; and their efforts legitimated the new republic in the eyes of European ambassadors who scoffed at Washington City's lack of amenities and desolate setting.
2002, Catherine Allgor. 312 pp. Paperback