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The Rooseveltian Century
Giles Scott-Smith, Universiteit Leiden
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Eleanor Roosevelt
Notes taken on March 9, 2016 by Edward Tanguay
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
born in New York City, October 11, 1884
her father was Eliot, Theodore Roosevelt's younger brother
her mother was Anna Hall
member of the distinguished Livingston family
both of her parents died when she was a child
Eleanor spent most of her child with her grandmother
received a traditional education
at age of 15, sent to Allenswood
girls school in England
she learned to speak French fluently
gained social skills and confidence
moved back to New York at age 18
social service work
small scale political activities
gave up her activities for family concerns and her husband's political career
WWI: volunteered for American Red Cross
1921 Franklin stricken with polio
Eleanor increased her political activism
maintained his interests
League of Women Voters
Womens' Trade Union League
Womens' Division of the New York State Democratic Committee
1933 husband won the presidency
feared a new life of endless receptions and ceremonial duties
instead, played the First Lady role with style and know-how and also remained political
held her own female-only press conferences
criticized American private organization and private agencies for their racial discrimination
pursued her own political agency focused on the advancement of womens', workers' and civil rights
traveled extensively around the nation
visited relief projects
surveyed living and working conditions
reported observations to the president
was called the president's eyes, ears, and legs
a source of first-hand information for FDR
My Day
daily syndicated column
wrote continuously from 1935 until she died in 1962
assistant directory of the Civilian Defense Program
visited Europe and the South Pacific
foster good will among Allies
boost moral
gained widespread popularity at home
gained international prominence
President Truman chose her to represent the United States in the United Nations General Assembly
served as Chair of the Human Rights Commission
worked to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
worked to
enhance multilateral diplomacy
solve the European refugee crisis
fight poverty and starvation
improve global educational standards
in the United States
worked to keep the reforming spirit of FDR's New Deal alive
grasped the potential of the mass media to reach out to and inform
hosted her own radio and TV shows
was a prolific writer
multi-volume autobiography
JFK reappointed her to the United States Delegation to the United Nations
member of the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corp
chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women
Harry Truman
"the first lady of the world"