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Edward F. O’Keefe — The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt: The Women Who Created a President - with Susan Page — at Conn Ave

Location 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
Date Monday, May 13, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt: The Women Who Created a President by Edward F. O'Keefe is a captivating exploration of how the iconic American president was profoundly shaped by the remarkable women in his life. The book reveals how Theodore Roosevelt's mother, first wife, sisters, and second wife all played pivotal roles in shaping his character and political career. Roosevelt's mother, Mittie, was a witty and decisive Southern belle who raised four young children while her husband was away serving in the Union Army. His college sweetheart and first wife, Alice, steered him away from science and towards politics, becoming a key influence on his early career. Older sister Bamie served as his political strategist and advisor, while younger sister Connie acted as his unofficial press secretary, helping to craft the legendary image of the "Rough Rider." Finally, Edith, Roosevelt's childhood playmate, and second wife elevated the role of the presidential spouse and curated both the White House and her husband's legacy. This event promises to be a captivating exploration of one of America's most significant presidents, shedding new light on the extraordinary yet unsung women who helped shape the American Century. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the book's author, Edward F. O'Keefe, as he discusses his research and insights in conversation with acclaimed journalist Susan Page. This free event with first-come, first-served seating is not to be missed by anyone interested in American history, presidential biographies, or the powerful role of women in shaping our nation's leaders.

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