The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

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A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt. The daughter of one of New York’ s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War. A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’ s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor would eventually become a powerful force of her own, heading women’ s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’ s death, this inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader would become a U. N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights. This single volume biography brings her into focus through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the post-war years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos.

Table of contents

Part I: This Is My Story
One: Memories of My Childhood
Two: Adolescence
Three: Home Again
Four: Early Days of Our Marriage
Five: A Woman
Six: My Introduction to Politics
Seven: Washington
Eight: Growing Independence
Nine: A Changing Existence
Ten: Readjustment
Eleven: The 1920 Campaign and Back to New York
Twelve: Trial by Fire
Part II: This I Remember
Thirteen: The Private Lives of Public Servants
Fourteen: Private Interlude: 1921-1927
Fifteen: The Governorship Years: 1928-1932
Sixteen: I Learn to Be a President’s Wife
Seventeen: The First Year: 1933
Eighteen: The Peaceful Years: 1934-1936
Nineteen: Second Term: 1936-1937
Twenty: The Royal Visitors
Twenty-one: Second Term: 1939-1940
Twenty-two: The Coming of War: 1941
Twenty-three: Visit to England
Twenty-four: Getting on with the War: 1943
Twenty-five: Visit to the Pacific
Twenty-six: Teheran and the Caribbean
Twenty-seven: The Last Term: 1944-1945
Photo Section
Part III: On My Own
Twenty-eight: An End and a Beginning
Twenty-nine: Not Many Dull Minutes
Thirty: Learning the Ropes in the UN
Thirty-one: I Learn about Soviet Tactics
Thirty-two: The Human Rights Commission
Thirty-three: Foreign Travels
Thirty-four: The Long Way Home
Thirty-five: Campaigning for Stevenson
Thirty-six: Bali and Morocco
Thirty-seven: In the Land of the Soviets
Thirty-eight: A Challenge for the West
Part IV: The Search for Understanding
Thirty-nine: Second Visit to Russia
Forty: The American Dream
Forty-one: Milestones
Forty-two: The Democratic Convention of 1960
Forty-three: Unfinished Business
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