Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady

Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady

by Maurine H. Beasley
     
 

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The first book devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt's 1933-1945 tenure in the White House—the longest of any first lady. Provides an insightful account of how she merged her private and public lives to transform the ambiguous role of first lady into an important institution of the American political system.See more details below

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The first book devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt's 1933-1945 tenure in the White House—the longest of any first lady. Provides an insightful account of how she merged her private and public lives to transform the ambiguous role of first lady into an important institution of the American political system.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest in the Modern First Ladies series covers no new ground. Beasley (First Ladies and the Press) focuses on Roosevelt's work in the White House without referencing any significant paper or record. Instead, the bulk of the book examines Roosevelt's press conferences for female reporters (an innovative idea at the time that, in Beasley's hands, reveals nothing) and news accounts of her trips on behalf of the New Deal. This leaves out much of Roosevelt's fascinating personal historyMN1; in fact, it seems that Beasley races through Roosevelt's early life to get to the minutiae of her meetings with the press. Although Beasley comments on Roosevelt's personality, she fails to premise her conclusions within empirical contexts, making them little more than opinion. There are better Eleanor Roosevelt biographies out there. Photos.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700617272
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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