The Women Behind the Founding Fathers


AIR DATE: Sunday, January 31, 2010
OVERVIEW:

Historian Thomas Fleming profiles the women who played a central part in the lives of the Founding Fathers in his book, The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers (Smithsonian; November 3, 2009). He talked about the mothers who shaped shaped their visions of domestic life and the lovers and wives who played critical roles as friends and partners in fame. They strove to reconcile their private and public lives while often being harassed by an inflammatory press. "The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers" was a Special Evening Lecture at Faunces Tavern Museum, held Thursday, January 21, 2010, in the Nichols Dining Room.

KEYWORDS: Executive Branch, Family of President, History, Early American History, Minorities & Equal Opportunity, Gender Issues, American History