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It Seems to Me

It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt

Leonard C. Schlup
Donald W. Whisenhunt
Copyright Date: 2001
Pages: 304
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    It Seems to Me
    Book Description:

    One of the most important women of the 20th Century, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was also one of its most prolific letter writers. Yet never before has a selection of her letters to public figures, world leaders, and individuals outside her family been made available to general readers and to historians unable to visit the archives at Hyde Park.

    It Seems to Medemonstrates Roosevelt's significance as a stateswoman and professional politician, particularly after her husband's death in 1945. These letters reveal a dimension of her personality often lost in collections of letters to family members and friends, that of a shrewd, self-confident woman unafraid to speak her mind. In her letters, Roosevelt lectured Truman, badgered Eisenhower, and critiqued Kennedy. She disagreed with the Catholic Church over aid to parochial schools, made recommendations for political appointments, expressed her opinion on the conviction of Alger Hiss.

    Some letters demonstrate her commitment to civil rights, many her understanding of Cold War politics, and still others her support of labor unions. As a whole, this collection provides unique insights into both Eleanor Roosevelt's public life, as well as American culture and politics during the decades following World War II.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5788-7
    Subjects: History, Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-v)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vi-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Maurine H. Beasley

    Eleanor Roosevelt, arguably the most important woman of the twentieth century, has been the subject of considerable scholarship in recent years that focuses on the tensions between her public and private life. Examination of her close personal relationships, however, may tend to obscure the significance of her role as a stateswoman and professional political leader. This volume of selected letters is valuable because it shows a dimension of Eleanor Roosevelt lost in construction of a portrait that emphasizes her emotional life. Here we have her correspondence to a stunning array of individuals whose decisions affected the course of world and...

  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)

    Eleanor Roosevelt ranks among the most remarkable women of the twentieth century. As the wife of an American president and his partner in a successful political combination, she defined the role of activist first lady. Her path broke barriers and set new standards for modern women. A pragmatic player in the American political landscape for three decades, she embraced coalitions and championed compromise while retaining her reverence for individual rights and dedication to progressive ideas. After the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, Mrs. Roosevelt emerged as first lady of the world, functioning as an ambassador of good...

  5. Letters
    (pp. 13-282)

    Isabella dearest.

    Your letter has gone to Hall¹ & I’m sure he’ll do all he can for the boys & be glad of the chance. Their home in Cambridge is 18 Ash Street & I hope to go on this week to see it. Franklin and I expected to go yesterday but he got cold & had a temperature & felt so ill that he gave it up but I hope he’ll be fine again to-morrow. His campaign is not yet very active. This last week has been very lazy which perhaps was not very entertaining for “Geoff”² but it gave Franklin a chance to...

  6. Bibliography Selected Published Primary Source Material on Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Writings
    (pp. 283-283)
  7. Index
    (pp. 284-298)