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eleanor rooseveltAnna Eleanor Roosevelt
b. 10-11-1884; New York City
d. 11-7-1962; NYC

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, widely regarded as the most admired woman in the United States for her zest as she advocated liberal causes, was married Franklin D. Roosevelt, a distant relative, in 1905. FDR was US President four times through the turbulent years of the Great Depression and World War II.

She was the daughter of Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt, the younger brother of US President Theodore Roosevelt.

Eleanor, who only used Anna for official signatures, was a shy and awkward child raised by relatives after the death of her parents. Despite the insensitivity of her upbringing she grew into a woman with great empathy for people caught in the social and economic conditions of the day, and the fostered the energy and commitment to serve humanity.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes ~
“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

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Eleanor Roosevelt,
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Eleanor Roosevelt

Poster Text: Born in 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was to become the most active First Lady in the nation's history. Even as a teenager, she felt a deep concern for the less forunate. “I am always questioning, questioning,” she wrote in her diary. “I can feel it in me ... that I can do much more than I am doing.” Life was soon to give her the chance to do “much more.” In 1905, Eleanor married Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When he was stricken with polio in 1921, she began to help him with his work. And after he became President in 1933, she became hes “eyes and ears,” traveling everywhere he could not go.

The 1930s were the years of the Great Depression, a time when millions were out of work. When Mrs. Roosevelt was not visiting coal mines or city slums, she was working hard to get help for poor farmers or speaking boldly against racial prejudice. In the early 1940s, during World War Two, she worked tirelessly for world peace. And for the six years after her husband's death in 1945, whe served as a delegate to the United Nations. President Truman once called her “The First lady of the World.” She herself summed up her views this way: “You have to do the best you can in this world, and when you have done that, that is all you can do.” She remained active in public life until her death in 1962.

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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View of Eleanor Roosevelt's desk with a misspelled name plate give to her by a student

View of Eleanor Roosevelt's desk with a misspelled name plate give to her by a student. Giclee Print, Nat'l Geographic

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with a Large Group of US Soldiers, Photographic Print
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with a Large Group of US Soldiers,
Photographic Print

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Future Wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd US President, Giclee Print
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Future Wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd US President,
Giclee Print

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Speak at Democratic Fundraising Dinner Honoring 75th Birthday, Photographic Print
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Speak at Democratic Fundraising Dinner Honoring 75th Birthday,
Photographic Print

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Poster
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Poster

Fala, Roosevelt's Scotty Dog Art Print
Fala, Roosevelt's
Scotty Dog
Art Print

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Little White House, Warm Springs, GA, Art Print
Little White House,
Warm Springs, GA,
Art Print

Franklin Roosevelt in Vintage Car, Warm Springs, Georgia Art Print
Franklin Roosevelt
in Vintage Car,
Warm Springs, GA
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Migrant Mother, 1936
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Migrant Mother

Poster Text: Photographer Dorothea Lange took this picture in March 1936 when the United States as in the depths of the Great Depression. This was a time when millions of Americans had no jobs and many businessess failed. The photo, of a poor woman and some of her children, came to be called “Migrant Mother.” The woman had picked peas in California, but the crop had frozen in the fields, leaving her unemployed. She is called a “migrant” because she went from place to place looking for work. She and her seven children were living on the frozen vegetables they gathered from the fields and on birds the children managed to kill. When the picture was taken, the woman had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. The photo shows the misery and degree of the depression. The photo appeared in a California newspaper, and it was then in a book that Dorothea Lange wrote with her husband.
Dorothea Lange was working for a government agency called the Farm Security Administration, FSA, when she photographed “Migrant Mother.” President Franklin Roosevelt had set up the FSA to provide loans and other help to poor farmers. The FSA hired photographers to take pictures that showed the suffering in the rural areas – the rural slums, ruined farms, and migrant camps. The FSA then sent these photos to news publications. The pictures helped convince Congress to support the programs President Roosevelt proposed to assist poor people.

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America in the 20th Century - The Great Depression Wall Poster
America in the 20th Century - The Great Depression
Wall Poster

America in the 20th Century -
The Great Depression, 1929-1939

Stock Market Crash, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, The New Deal, Gone with the Wind, Mary McLeod Bethune

Poster Text: The stock market crash of 1929 turned the prosperty of the 1920s into economic disaster. A decade of hard times set in ...

Singer Marian Anderson Giving an Easter Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Photographic Print
Singer Marian Anderson Giving an Easter Concert at the Lincoln Memorial,
Photographic Print

Marian Anderson
b. 2-27-1897; Philadelphia, PA
d. 4-8-1993; Oregon

In 1939 African-American contralto Marian Anderson performed an Easter Sunday concert to 70,000 at the Lincoln Memorial and a nationwide radio audience, at the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt, when the Daughters of the American Revolution denied Anderson performing to an integrated audience at Constitution Hall.

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Frank Szasz portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt named author and Montessori supporter Dorothy Canfield Fisher one of the ten most influential women in the United States?
As first lady, she stirred controversy throughout the nation in regard to poverty, child welfare, and equal rights for women. “We must do those things which we think we cannot do.”, was her challenge to the nation.

In 1946, a year after the death of FDR, Eleanor was appointed by President Truman to the United States Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. She was chairman of the Human Rights Commission during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

Both beloved and hated for her work to improve the lot of the underprivileged whatever their creed, race or nationality, Eleanor Roosevelt is an inspiration to countless people.

She is buried next to her husband in Hyde Park, New York.

FYI ~ Eleanor was a descendent of theologian Jonathan Edwards.

Read more about Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt -Intimately involved in the political life of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she also led women’s organizations and youth movements and fought for consumer welfare, civil rights, and improved housing.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman -intriguing story of Eleanor Roosevelt traces the life of the former First Lady from her early childhood through the tumultuous years in the White House to her active role in the founding of the United Nations after World War II. (ages 9-12)

A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Mary Ann Glendon - tells the dramatic story of the struggle to build, out of the trauma and wreckage of World War II, a document that would ensure it would never happen again.

American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt video - lively documentary portrays one of the 20th century’s most fascinating figures, a shy girl who would grow up to spend 30 years as the most powerful woman in America.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Story: Oscar-winning documentary of the former First Lady, a great American (and world citizen) who overcame personal obstacles and became a beacon of human kindness and courage. 1965

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick. The little known story of how this pair of pioneering social and political activists stole away from a formal White House dinner to take an airplane ride. Ages 6-9 [Amelia Earhart]

For Nothing to Fear- audio cd of FDR speeches.


The American Experience | Eleanor Roosevelt- An in-depth look at one of the 20th century’s most influential women.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site- Visit Mrs. Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the lovely gardens and grounds on the site.

Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Home- a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt’s belief that people can enhance the quality of their lives through purposeful action based on sensitive discourse among people of diverse perspectives focusing on the varied needs of society.

Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt- White House

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute- mission of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to inspire the application of their spirit of optimism and innovation to the solution of current problems.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 50th Anniversary- site originally designed to support the 50th Anniversary Celebration, it has been maintained as a resource for all those who want to join in the ongoing struggle for human rights.

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