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First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt
     

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt

by Charles River Editors
 
*Includes pictures of Eleanor and important people, places, and events in her life.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

American presidents have shaped the course of global affairs for generations, but as the saying goes, behind every great man there’s a great woman. While the First Ladies often remain overshadowed by their husbands, some have carved

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*Includes pictures of Eleanor and important people, places, and events in her life.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

American presidents have shaped the course of global affairs for generations, but as the saying goes, behind every great man there’s a great woman. While the First Ladies often remain overshadowed by their husbands, some have carved unique niches in their time and left their own lasting legacy. Dolley Madison helped establish the role of the First Lady in the early 1800s, Eleanor Roosevelt gave voice to policy issues in a way that made her a forerunner of First Ladies like Hillary Clinton, and Jackie Kennedy created glamorous trends that made her more popular than her husband. In Charles River Editors’ First Ladies series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives and legacies of America’s most famous First Ladies in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

If Dolley Madison was instrumental in molding the role of First Lady in the 19th century, credit can be given to Eleanor Roosevelt for revolutionizing the political nature of the role in the 20th and 21st centuries and making it possible for presidents like Bill Clinton to enlist their wives to handle political duties. At the same time, history might remember Eleanor more for what she did outside of the White House, as she became a critically acclaimed and world famous international author and advocate of civil rights, women’s rights. By the time she had finished working for the United Nations, working on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, President Truman rightly called her “The First Lady of the World.”

Eleanor is one of her country’s most famous and admired First Ladies, an ironic fact considering she was worried being the wife of a successful politician would force her to take on what she considered to be irrelevant ceremonial roles. But Franklin’s offices and illnesses made it possible for her to run in the social and political circles that interested her, and she began wielding substantial influence both for herself and on behalf of her husband. Much like Hillary and Bill Clinton, the Roosevelts’ marriage evolved into one of friendship and political convenience as Eleanor became a political power player herself. By the end of the 1940s, Eleanor’s name was being bandied about for positions like governorships, the U.S. Senate, and even the Vice Presidency, which was still completely unprecedented for a woman in those times.

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt chronicles the amazing life and career of one of the nation’s most important First Ladies, but it also humanizes her to paint the fuller picture. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in her life, you will learn about Eleanor Roosevelt like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015796520
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,294,307
File size:
2 MB

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