Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery

by Russell Freedman

Eleanor Roosevelt's biographers are challenged to unfold how her interests and... read more

Eleanor Roosevelt's biographers are challenged to unfold how her interests and opinions affected her husband's administration between 1932 and 1945 and how her example created a new image both of the First Lady and of women in general. They must show Eleanor's evolution from uncertain child into the woman whose public leadership became a force for justice and peace within the nation and beyond. They have to interpret the social dimensions of the times when Eleanor was young, during World War II and while the United Nations was a fledgling organization. They need to picture some of the ways she exemplified and championed racial equity while segregation still dominated public and private life. Freedman met these challenges through skillful organization of an abundance of material, a thoughtful selection of personal details and a compelling prose narrative. His account presents documented facts and emotional truths to bring this dynamic, principled woman to life. An abundance of black and white archival photographs, material about Eleanor's personal home at Val-Kill and Freedman's well developed bibliographic essay about materials written for adults also distinguish a splendid biography. (Ages 9-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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