Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty

Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty Review

A contempary anecdote not only confirms that Martha commanded respect in her own right during her lifetime, but also suggests an awkward truth later historians have preferred to ignore-that without Martha and her fortune, George might never have risen to social, military, and political prominence.Toward the end of his life, George Washington, war hero, retired president, and object of universal fame and veneration, was negotiating to purchase a plot of land in the new capital city, to be named in his honor. The seller, an aged veteran of the Revolution, was reluctant to part with the plot, even to so distinguished a purchaser. Washington persisted until the veteran's patience snapped: 'You think people take every grist that comes from you as the pure grain. What would you have been if you hadn't married the Widow Custis!'
-from the Introduction to
Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty

From the glittering social life of Virginia's wealthiest plantations to the rigors of winter camps during the American Revolution, Martha Washington was a central figure in some of the most important events in American history. Her story is a saga of social conflict, forbidden love affairs, ambiguous wills, mysterious death, heartbreaking loss, and personal and political triumph. Every detail is brought to vivid life in this engaging and astonishing biography of one of the best known, least understood figures in early American life.

Title:Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty
Edition Language:English

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  • Rob

    It was well written. The hard part was keeping track of who was related to whom and it was made harder because they kept using the same names for different people. They also used nicknames. For exampl...

  • Jamie Strong

    The book gave me a new perspective of life for a plantation owner's wife and the relationship of George and Martha. Martha oversaw the running of the household including the management of the househol...

  • Cheryl

    Love this book. About Martha, the children, her relationship with George and the land their finance problems. Goes fast. ...

  • Robbi Leah  Freeman

    It was described as a historical book on Martha Washington, but because of lack of sources, it was more of author's opinion on Martha's life and feelings. It also goes over much of George's life & tho...

  • Liesel

    Reading this while also reading/listening to Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life. The authors complement one another's styles and both provide plenty of primary source excerpts. Bryan seems more lenient ...

  • Gina Basham

    Informative and entertainingExtremely well researched. I am glad I read Martha's history before reading any biographies of George. There is so much written about George it would take a lifetime of stu...

  • Kathy

    This book was full of interesting but little known facts about Martha's young life and her life at Mt. Vernon. She was ever the faithful politicians wife and gave much of herself. I think she honestly...

  • Jill

    On a visit to Mt Vernon this book was suggested to me. I very much enjoyed learning about Mrs Washington. The author transported me back to an important time in American history. Her details gave me a...

  • JaNae

    Started with the introduction but that was too analytical for what I was wanting so I jumped onto chapter 1 and am more pleased. Not very far into the book and want to get moving on it. Excited to lea...

  • Nancy

    It was a good and easy read. I read it concurrently with two books on George Washington and all the information was in agreement. Although there was not a lot of information directly from Martha, it d...