The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia

The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia

by Maurine Beasley
     
 

Perhaps the most important woman in 20th century America, Eleanor Roosevelt fascinates scholar and layperson alike. This exciting encyclopedia brings together basic information illuminating her complex career and making the interaction between her private and public lives accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. Written by scholars—including

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Perhaps the most important woman in 20th century America, Eleanor Roosevelt fascinates scholar and layperson alike. This exciting encyclopedia brings together basic information illuminating her complex career and making the interaction between her private and public lives accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. Written by scholars—including the most eminent Eleanor Roosevelt and New Deal scholars—journalists, and those who knew her, the 200 plus entries in this book provide easy access to material showing how Eleanor Roosevelt changed the First Lady's role in politics, widened opportunities for women, became a liberal leader during the Cold War era, and served as a guiding spirit at the United Nations. A unique resource, the book provides an introduction to American history through the vantage point of a woman who both represented her times and moved beyond them.

Illuminating her multifaceted career, life, and relationships, The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia offers the reader an unparalleled opportunity to examine the complicated and fascinating life of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Consistently listed as one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, Eleanor Roosevelt continues to serve as a role model for young women around the world. This single volume showcases the many and diverse facets of her life as a teacher, journalist, broadcaster, diplomat, political activist, and crusader for human rights. A chronology of Roosevelt's life and career and well-known quotations are helpful features. The index is comprehensive and the bibliographic information at the end of most entries provides guidance for further reading. Beginning with Jane Addams and ending with Zionism, the encyclopedia is filled with rich details about Roosevelt's public and personal lives. Replete with detailed entries about individuals as well as organizations, policies, and social movements, this volume provides a user-friendly resource that will be invaluable to teachers and students at the middle through high school levels. It makes for fascinating reading about a perennially intriguing woman, who despite frequent and strident criticism, still managed to remain true to her personal beliefs and by so doing, opened the door to politics for generations of women to come. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. 2001, Greenwood, 656p. PLB $65. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Cindy Lombardo
Booknews
An introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt's life and career that synthesizes information on her various roles in six main areas: as wife and mother, first lady, humanitarian, diplomat, public communicator, and symbol of the changing position of women in the 20th century. Topics were chosen on the basis of recommendations from scholars and staff at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY. The editors intend the book to provide an overview for anyone looking for information on Eleanor Roosevelt's connection with a specific topic, person, or geographic locale before going on to other sources for deeper study. A chronology of Roosevelt's life opens the work; essays on individuals, organizations, events, issues, places, and activities are arranged alphabetically, with a brief bibliography after each article. The 153 contributors include journalists; academics specializing in history, political science, or women's studies; family members; and former assistants to Roosevelt. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313301810
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2000
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.38(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

MAURINE H. BEASLEY is Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where she specializes in women and media. She has published seven books, including Eleanor Roosevelt and the Media: A Public Quest for Self-Fulfillment (1987) and The White House Conferences of Eleanor Roosevelt (1983).

HOLLY C. SHULMAN is Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. She focused initially on media history and is the author of The Voice of America: Propaganda and Democracy, 1941-1945 (1990).

HENRY R. BEASLEY has been Director of International Affairs for the National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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