On C-SPAN's "First Ladies: Influence and Image," we look at the life and times of Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president.
Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri to a slave-holding family, Julia Dent Grant traveled from one military post to another with her husband, a career military officer, before moving into the White House in 1869. The first First Lady to write her memoir, Julia Grant threw lavish parties, redecorated the White House, attended presidential staff meetings and had opinions about the appointing and firing of cabinet members.
Find out more about this First Lady from guests William Seale, author of "The President's House," and historian Pam SanFilippo of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Take part in the program: Call in your questions or join the conversation on Facebook.