American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase by John Oller

By John Oller

Had People journal been round through the Civil warfare and after, Kate Chase may have made its “Most Beautiful” and “Most Intriguing” lists each year.

Kate Chase, the charismatic daughter of Abraham Lincoln’s treasury secretary, loved unparalleled political energy for a lady. As her widowed father’s hostess, she manage a rival “court” opposed to Mary Lincoln in hopes of creating her father president and herself his First girl. To facilitate that objective, she married one of many richest males within the nation, the good-looking “boy governor” of Rhode Island, within the social occasion of the Civil struggle. but if William Sprague became out to be much less of a prince as a husband, she came upon convenience within the palms of a robust married senator. the resultant scandal ended her digital royalty, leaving her a social outcast who died in poverty. but in her ultimate years she may locate either higher authenticity and the interior peace that had continuously eluded her.

Set opposed to the seductive attract of the Civil struggle and Gilded Age, Kate Chase Sprague’s dramatic tale is considered one of ambition and tragedy related to probably the most recognized personalities in American historical past. during this superbly written and meticulously researched biography, drawing on a lot unpublished fabric, John Oller captures the tumultuous and passionate lifetime of a girl who was once a century prior to her time.

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For the paternalistic Tories, on the other hand, issues of women's work represented an opportunity to gain the support of working people in a common defence of traditional values against the challenge to their authority presented by ascendent capitalist interests. The result was the definition of the factory employment of women and the perceived collapse of family life amongst the industrial working classes as a key issue of the 1830s, and the subject of continuing conflict, debate and negotiation between labour, capital and the state over subsequent years.

58 This is not to imply that all working-class husbands were domestic tyrants and their wives downtrodden victims, but as the norms of 'respectability' show very clearly, the social and cultural world of the post-1850 period was constructed in line with a male view of the world, to give priority to male concerns and interests. As Kirk has commented, 'respectable workers had a strong and positive evaluation of home and family ... 59 Patriarchy Challenged? 27 Conversely, women were also held to be responsible for non-respectable behaviour on the part of husbands and families and male drunkenness and other disreputable behaviour, for example, was attributed to the failure of 'lazy, slovenly, mis-managing wives' to maintain expected standards of domestic comfort.

Unlike the recalcitrant working people of the industrial cities of the North who continued to defy all attempts to subdue protest, the working people of the rural districts had shown they were unable to sustain opposition against the forces of law and order. The failure of their protest had exposed their essential weakness and, with their last scruples removed by a sense that the labourers had forfeited any rights to paternalistic protection, the leaders of rural society were ready to endorse any scheme which promised to enforce obedience - and to reduce the payment of the poor relief which was seen to have encouraged the indolence and insolence that underpinned disaffection.

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