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Real life at the White House : two hundred years of daily life at America's most famous residence /

John Whitcomb and Claire Whitcomb.

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Main Author: Whitcomb, John.
Other Names: Whitcomb, Claire.
Published: New York : Routledge, 2000.
Topics: Presidents - United States - History. | Presidents - United States - Biography. | Présidents - États-Unis - Moeurs et coutumes - Histoire. | Alltag | Geschichte 1790-2001. | White House (Washington, D.C.) - History. | White House. - History.
Regions: Washington (D.C.) - Social life and customs. | Washington (D.C.) - Buildings, structures, etc. | Washington (D.C.) - White House. | Washington (D.C.) - Weißes Haus. | United States. | Washington (D.C.)
Genres: Biographies. | Biography. | History. | Biographies.
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245 10|aReal life at the White House :|btwo hundred years of daily life at America's most famous residence /|cJohn Whitcomb and Claire Whitcomb.
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 471-496) and index.
505 00|tDates --|tGeorge Washington, 1789-1797: The Foundation Is Laid --|tCreating Washington, D.C., 1790-1800 --|tJohn Adams, 1797-1801: The Great Castle --|tThomas Jefferson, 1801-1809: The Leveling Principles of Democracy --|tJames Madison, 1809-1817: Conflagration --|tThe Rebuilding of the White House, 1814-1817 --|tJames Monroe, 1817-1825: Good Feelings and Gold Spoons --|tJohn Quincy Adams, 1825-1829: A Dull and Stately Prison --|tAndrew Jackson, 1829-1837: The People's Choice --|tMartin Van Buren, 1837-1841: Felled by a Gold Spoon --|tWilliam Henry Harrison, March 4-April 4, 1841: Mourning --|tJohn Tyler, 1841-1845: Courtship --|tJames Knox Polk, 1845-1849: Attention to Detail --|tZachary Taylor, 1849-July 9, 1850: Tragedy --|tSouvenir Hunters --|tMillard Fillmore, July 1850-March 4, 1853: The Last Whig --|tFranklin Pierce, 1853-1857: Twice Forgotten --|tJames Buchanan, 1857-1861: The Eve of Rebellion --|tAbraham Lincoln, 1861-April 14, 1865: A "Whited Sepulcure" --|tCivil War Washington --|tAndrew Johnson, 1865-1869: Traitor to Patriot --|tUlysses S. Grant, 1869-1877: A Bright and Beautiful Dream --|tRutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881: Lemonade --|tJames Garfield, March 4-September 19, 1881: Death Watch --|tChester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885: Tiffany Tastes --|tGrover Cleveland, 1885-1889, 1893-1897: Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage --|tBenjamin Harrison, 1889-1893: No Room to Spare --|tPonies, Snakes, Raccoons, and Other White House Pets --|tWilliam McKinley, 1897-1901: Better Than a Bishopric --|tTheodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909: The Reign of Enthusiasm.
520 |aCelebrate the 200th anniversary of the White House with this richly illustrated new book on America's, if not the world's, most famous residence. Abigail Adams dried her wash in the unfinished East Room. Benjamin Harrison left the lights burning all night because he feared being shocked by the newly installed electric switches. LBJ waged an obsessive battle with the water pressure in the shower, demanding shower heads on all sides. His successor, Richard Nixon, promptly had them removed. The White House has not always been the ideal home, and as each president moved in, he transformed the house in small and large ways to fit his family's needs. Real Life at the White House celebrates two centuries of domestic life in this historic abode. In forty-two chapters - one for each administration - this stylish sourcebook takes us on an intimate tour of the daily life of each president and his family, bringing into view everything from china patterns to built-in closets (a luxury added during the Truman renovation), from plumbing to telephones (Coolidge refused to use the phone for business) from architectural structure to state dinners and family meals. Filled with hundreds of anecdotes, photographs, and presidential quotes from Washington (who never lived there but oversaw the first plans) to Clinton, this thoroughly engaging book captures the texture of presidential life while documenting the very human history of a house.--Publisher description.
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