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Eleanor Franklin writes a story about her early life up through post-WWI and when her husband first fell ill with Polio. It's an interesting account of her upbringing, her education, her early married life, and her becoming an independent socially educated woman. I felt sorry for her while reading about her childhood, which Eleanor describes as being ignored by her mother and extended family members because she wasn't pretty or intelligent. In addition, she was looked at as clumsy, awkward and u ...more
In its time (written in 1936), a surprisingly candid & revealing memoir of ER's childhood, courtship and family years, through FDR's illnesss and her entry into politics. Ends in 1928, when FDR becomes governor of NY. Written at Lorena Hickok's urging to define herself to her public and to earn money, most of which ER used to bail her children out of various scrapes. This is the book on which most ER biographies are based.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition ...moreMore about Eleanor Roosevelt...