Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1884-1933

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1884-1933

by Blanche Wiesen Cook


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The first volume in the life of America's greatest First Lady, "a woman who changed the lives of millions" (Washington Post).

Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. Three: 1938-1962, will be published in November 2016.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times. This volume covers ER's family and birth, her childhood, education, and marriage, and ends with FDR's election to the Presidency—the years of ER's youth and coming of age.

Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Cook's trilogy is an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political leader of our century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140094602
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 252,153
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume Two: 1933-1938 and Eleanor Roosevelt:Volume Three, 1938-1962, Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution and The Declassified Eisenhower, and is a former vice-president for research at the American Historical Association.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgment

1. Ancestry and Heritage
2. Elliott and Anna
3. Childhood of Tears and Loss
4. Years of Dreams and Longing
5. Allenswood and Marie Souvestre
6. Coming Out and Courting
7. Franklin and Me, and Sara Makes Three
8. Eleanor Roosevelt, Political Wife
9. The Roosevelts in Wilson's Washington
10. 191920: Race Riots and Red Scare, Grief and Renewal
11. The Campaign of 1920 and Louis Howe
12. ER and the New Women of the 1920s: Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read, First Feminist Friends
13. Convalescence, Marital Unity, and Separate Spheres: Polio, Val-Kill, and Warm Springs
14. ER, Political Boss
15. New York's First Lady, Part-Time
16. Teaching and Todhunter
17. ER at Forty-five
18. Earl Miller: A Champion of Her Own
19. Assignment ER: Lorena Hickok and the 1932 Campaign
20. The First Lady's First Friend

Selected Bibliography

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1884-1933 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely great read...very inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I'm in the midst of the Volume 2 of this, and can't put it down. The author makes the story flow, and keeps your interest in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One comes away wondering what Franklin would have been like without Eleanor, the very humane force behind her husbands administration. Eleanor was so far ahead of her times. It took true grit, courage to do what she did and accomplished so much for humanity. The author did a find job of unweaving the events that made Eleanor who she became. I am only disappointed that the book ended at 1938. Sure hope Ms. Cook decides to complete the story through World War II, Franklin's demise and the end of Mrs. Roosevelts life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blanche W. Cook's writing is so full of staggering detail that the reader will be drawn into the life of ER easily. Find yourself fascinated by the psychology that shaped a great feminist pioneer...This book improves with every turn of the page. By the conclusion of Volume 1, Cook will have snared you. You have to read Volume 2 immediately after!