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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Biography

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An astute politician, dedicated feminist, and champion of the rights of minorities, Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most powerful women in 20th-century America. In an age when proper ladies were expected to supervise the household, dine with the right people, and entertain elegantly, she established careers as a teacher, social worker, and reformer, started a furniture factory, and became a successful journalist. Forming a unique political alliance with her husband, she played a key role in the Democratic party ...

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An astute politician, dedicated feminist, and champion of the rights of minorities, Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most powerful women in 20th-century America. In an age when proper ladies were expected to supervise the household, dine with the right people, and entertain elegantly, she established careers as a teacher, social worker, and reformer, started a furniture factory, and became a successful journalist. Forming a unique political alliance with her husband, she played a key role in the Democratic party and shaped many of the programs of the New Deal. She later became an official delegate to the United Nations, where she served as chair of the Commission on Human Rights.

Written expressly for high school students, this biography clearly and concisely relates the life of Eleanor Roosevelt to the times in which she lived. A timeline presents the events of her life in summary form. This is followed by chapters on her youth, her marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her early work as a social activist, the rise of her power and influence, and her activities during and after World War II. The volume closes with a bibliographical essay.

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"Eleanor Roosevelt is a useful research tool for high school students and is also an engaging introduction to the subject for the general public."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313331664
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 496,123
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA M. HARRIS retired from Greenwood Press in 2003. She worked for Greenwood for 27 years in various editorial capacities and was director of developmental editing when she retired.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Timeline: Events in the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt     xiii
Acronyms     xvii
Growing Up     1
FDR, Marriage, and Family Life     19
A New Eleanor Roosevelt     43
Eleanor Becomes First Lady     61
Eleanor's Power Peaks and Begins to Wane     79
The Approaching War     99
The Nation at War     113
The Final War Years     131
Alone and On Her Own     143
Epilogue     165
Bibliographic Essay     169
Index     173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Often riviting account of our most famous , perhaps , First Lady . .

    I mostly read non - fiction and attempt to stick to Pulitzer , other , literary award winners as I find the facts covered and an assured good read . While not a prize winner this book satisfied those needs . Like many , I have a lot of books ' going ' at one time but I found myself reaching for this one . I believe the author greatly admires Eleanor Roosevelt . I do too - even more after reading Ms . Harris biography .

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