The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0062355910

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.

The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War.

A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor would eventually become a powerful force of her own, heading women’s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’s death, this inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader would become a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights.

This single volume biography brings her into focus through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the post-war years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos.

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bitter again Mussolini when he came into the war against France. The familiar phrase “stab in the back,” which some of his advisers begged him to leave out of his Charlottesville, Virginia, speech was largely a tribute to the spirit which he recognized in the people of Great Britain and which he felt the leadership of Mussolini never fostered in the Italian people. The occasion for that speech was the commencement at the University of Virginia Law School, where Franklin Junior was graduating. It

Germans’ discovering I was on a plane bound for Lisbon, I would be jeopardizing the other passengers. Finally, after many conversations over the transatlantic telephone, my husband, who did not want me to travel on a military plane, gave in and said: “I don’t care how you send her home, just send her.” Twenty-four     Getting on with the War: 1943 AFTER WE HAD been back from London a few days a Washington columnist wrote for his paper a story asserting that Miss Thompson had asked me for a few

returned to the Haitian government the control of their own financial affairs. This trip of my husband’s was extremely interesting and took him on horseback through a good part of the island. He was far away from the coast of Santo Domingo, up in the mountains, when a cable came from the secretary of the navy announcing that political conditions required his immediate return to Washington, and that a destroyer would meet him at the nearest port. We had severed diplomatic connections with Germany

service and in many shipyards, I will be in active service.” Then came orders to go overseas and report on the operations and needs of the many American naval and aviation bases and ships in European waters. He obtained a promise that when this was done he would be permitted to return to Europe as a lieutenant commander. He sailed on the destroyer Dyer on July 9, 1918. The Dyer was convoying a number of transports taking troops to France. Franklin was naturally much excited at the prospect of

young and could put in prodigious hours of work, but I sometimes wonder how any of us, particularly Miss Thompson and Miss Tully, lived through that campaign. It proved that work is easier to carry if your heart is involved. Miss Thompson was interested because I was interested; and Miss Tully, who had been Cardinal Hayes’s secretary, probably felt a religious interest in the campaign in addition to her admiration for Governor Smith. Grace Tully was young and very pretty, and had been extremely

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