Dolley Madison: Peacemaker

My co-blogger Paul, has an excellent post here at The American Catholic in which he explodes the myth that in the past American politics were kinder, gentler and less partisan than they are today.  American politics have always been hotly contentious, with the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans blazing a path of political animosity between parties. 

In such an environment, peace makers who can hold social gatherings where the combatants can meet, exchange pleasantries and perhaps begin to carve out compromises serve a valuable public service, and thus was the case with Dolley Madison, perhaps the most skilled First Lady at tossing elegant social events.  It is easy to underrate this ability, but such events take skilled planning to bring about and in a heated political environment can be invaluable as a necessary oil for a government to function  at all.

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Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments Off  
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