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How Edith Roosevelt Completely Transformed the White House

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How Edith Roosevelt Completely Transformed the White House

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Edith Roosevelt was a reluctant First Lady. Despite this, she had the presence and determination to bring about a major innovation to the White House: separating the living and working spaces.

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Edith Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, and Betty Ford entered the White House under stressful conditions, but each came to embrace the position of first lady, and leave her mark on history. See how the assassinations of McKinley and Kennedy and the resignation of Nixon thrust these women into the spotlight. Then see the contributions they made, beautifying D.C., championing women's rights, and even helping to build the West Wing -- all of which strengthened their remarkable legacies.

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