Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism

Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism

by Allida M. Black, Kimberly Schraf
     
 

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Black shows how Eleanor Roosevelt, after being freed from the constraints imposed by her role in the White House, eagerly expanded her career and unabashedly challenged both the Democratic party and American liberals to practice what they preach.

-Written with verve and filled with new information, the issues discussed here are the most urgent issues of our time

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Black shows how Eleanor Roosevelt, after being freed from the constraints imposed by her role in the White House, eagerly expanded her career and unabashedly challenged both the Democratic party and American liberals to practice what they preach.

-Written with verve and filled with new information, the issues discussed here are the most urgent issues of our time. . . . Everyone interested in the ongoing battles of the twentieth century, everyone concerned about women and power, biography and history, politics and the future, will want to read this book. -Blanche Wiesen Cook -author of Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life

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Blanche Wiesen Cook
Written with verve and filled with new information, the issues discussed here are the most urgent issues of our time. . . . Everyone interested in the ongoing battles of the twentieth century, everyone concerned about women and power, biography and history, politics and the future, will want to read this book.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This vital study reconstructs Eleanor Roosevelt's role as a major power broker from 1945 until her death in 1962. Chagrined at her acquiescence to FDR's policy of interning Japanese Americans during WWII, the First Lady left the White House more committed to racial justice. Her vigorous campaigning against discriminatory voting, housing and employment practices and her outspoken opposition to McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee made her the target of segregationists, xenophobes and anticommunists. In a fierce rivalry with President Truman, she advocated an economic bill of rights guaranteeing full employment at a fair wage. Increasingly dissatisfied with centrist John F. Kennedy from the mid-1950s, she aggressively criticized his timidity on civil rights and his ignoring of migrant farm workers' plight. Her principled stand for low-cost and public housing, affirmative action, regulation of corporations, U.S. support for the United Nations-key planks in the liberal agenda under siege today-makes this a timely reassessment. Black is assistant professor of American studies and history at Pennsylvania State University. Photos. Author tour. (Feb.)
Booknews
A well researched biography of Eleanor Roosevelt focusing on her political career after her husband's death in 1945. Black's (history and American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) chronicle views Roosevelt's influence on the Democratic party and her efforts on behalf of civil rights organizations through a political history lens, highlighting her opposition activities toward Senator Joseph McCarthy, her support of Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy, and her life-long commitment to desegregation as the cornerstone of American democracy. Includes black and white photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736633840
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
05/31/1996
Edition description:
Unabridged, 7 Cassettes

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