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Lectures in History: Betty Ford & the Role of First Ladies

President & Mrs. Ford in the presidential limousine, 1974

President & Mrs. Ford in the presidential limousine, 1974

New Orleans, Louisiana
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry talks about the role of First Ladies in U.S. history, with a focus on Betty Ford.  This class takes place at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in New Orleans.

Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012 at 9:32am (ET)

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