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This unique collection of personal and professional letters, daily newspaper columns, radio shows, speeches, manuscripts, and photographs creates an intimate portrait of America's original 'nasty woman.'
Eleanor Roosevelt is considered by many to be the most fascinating, accomplished, and admired woman in American history. While she is best known as a politician, diplomat, humanitarian, UN delegate, activist, feminist, and First Lady she was also a prolific reporter and writer who changed the role of women in government. She wrote twenty-seven books, more than 8,000 columns, and delivered more than 75 speeches a year. Organized into sections like by sections like Becoming Eleanor; Women, Work, & Politics, and The UN and Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt In Her Words collects the most fascinating writing from her life--much of which is just as relevant today as it was decades ago. She gives advice to women in politics, explains why she is a Democrat, and crusades against intolerance. Also included is political commentary on the New Deal, World War II, and the UN; memos to FDR; and intimate letters to Lorena Hickok. Illustrated with dozens of photographs and documents, this is the perfect gift for history buffs, feminist, social activists, and anyone who is curious about the Roosevelt family.
This illustrated, first of its kind collection of excerpts from Eleanor Roosevelt's newspaper columns, radio talks, speeches, and correspondence speaks directly to the challenges we face today.
Acclaimed for her roles in politics and diplomacy, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was also a prolific author, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster, educator, and public personality.
Using excerpts from her books, columns, articles, press conferences, speeches, radio talks, and correspondence, Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words tracks her contributions from the 1920s, when she entered journalism and public life; through the White House years, when she campaigned for racial justice, the labor movement, and -the forgotten woman;- to the postwar era, when she served at the United Nations and shaped the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Selections touch on Roosevelt's early entries in women's magazines (-Ten Rules for Success in Marriage-), her insights on women in politics (-Women Must Learn to Play the Game As Men Do-), her commentary on World War II (-What We Are Fighting For-), her work for civil rights (-The Four Equalities-), her clash with Soviet delegates at the UN (-These Same Old Stale Charges-), and her advice literature (-If You Ask Me-). Surprises include her unique preparation for leadership, the skill with which she defied critics and grasped authority, her competitive stance as a professional, and the force of her political messages to modern readers.
Scorning the -America First- mindset, Eleanor Roosevelt underlined the interdependence of people and of nations. Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words illuminates her achievement as a champion of civil rights, human rights, and democratic ideals.