Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison

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Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.

James Madison's Montpelier invites you to hear Catherine Allgor speak on Dolley Madison and her niece, Mary Cutts, the "Vanishing Lady" who helped preserve Dolley's legacy in history. Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen Of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison (August 2012; UVA Press), acclaimed author Catherine Allgor and other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. The Cutts Memoirs not only tell us about Dolley Madison and political life of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but also about what it meant to be a Victorian lady who makes a bid to write history. Copies of The Queen of America may be purchased at the Montpelier Museum Shop.

Catherine Allgor is a Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, and is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.  Location:  Grand Salon, Visitor Center for James Madison's Montpelier and William duPont Gallery   Admission is free for the book talk.

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