Sarah Polk: A Sweet Exemplification of Lowliness

Sarah Polk: “A Sweet Exemplification of Lowliness,” Zacharie Kinslow of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum

Sarah Childress Polk, the only first lady born in the state of Tennessee, is typically regarded by historians as one of the most influential women to call the White House home. However, when compared to contemporaries like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Mrs. Polk is typically viewed as a conservative who pushed against the Women’s Rights Movement. In reality the contributions that Sarah Polk provided, to not only her husband’s presidency, but the nation as a whole, cannot be overlooked. While others stood out for swimming against the stream of nineteenth century misogyny, Sarah Polk worked within the channels of what was expected of women for the time to redefine the idea of femininity and ultimately the role of women in American politics.

The presentation will be live-streamed to the remote campuses.

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March 12, 2019

6:00 PM


March 12, 2019

7:30 PM

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