This book introduces young readers to the life of Harriet Lane, beginning with her experience as an orphan and her childhood near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Readers will become familiar with her charming personality as they learn about her education and social life in Washington, D.C., and her role as hostess for her unmarried uncle James Buchanan at his home and in Europe. Details of Miss Lane's time as First Lady, including her support of Native Americans, her love of art, and the coming American Civil War, are also discussed. Additionally, the book highlights her years after President Buchanan's term, including her time as a wife and a mother, and finally, her legacy in the founding of the Harriet Lane Home and her contribution of art to the Smithsonian Institution. Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-read text. Extras include a sidebar, a timeline, fun facts, an index, and a glossary. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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