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November 13, 2018 at 8:43 am

New York Times Quotes Jellison on First Lady, First Daughter Relationship

Dr. Katherine Jellison, holdng a drawing

Dr. Katherine Jellison

The New York Times quoted Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor & Chair of History at Ohio University, in a story headlined “A White House Challenge: Balancing the Roles of the First Lady and First Daughter.”

Historians have struggled to place the relationship between the two women in context.

Katherine Jellison, a professor at Ohio University who studies first ladies, said there was little historical precedent for an adult first daughter and first lady to overlap to this degree. The closest parallel, she said, would be between Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt.

“Both had a great deal of influence on F.D.R.,” Ms. Jellison said.

“In the case of Melania and Ivanka Trump, on the other hand, sometimes one of them is ‘out front,’ and sometimes it’s the other one who is,” she added.

Read more in the New York Times.

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