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Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady and Moral Force

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0351
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Growing up as a shy, self-conscious girl from a well-known wealthy family, Eleanor Roosevelt went on to become an influential first lady and an activist. She spent much of her life in the spotlight, yet few really knew her.

Drawing on his new book, Eleanor, biographer David Michaelis pulls back the curtain to delve into the inner life of one of the 20th century’s greatest figures. He recounts Eleanor’s troubled childhood with an alcoholic father and distant mother, her complicated marriage and partnership with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her trailblazing 12 years as first lady, and her humanitarian accomplishments.

Michaelis discusses her transformation from opponent of the 19th Amendment to one of the world’s foremost speakers and activists on behalf of women’s rights and traces the difficulties she underwent before becoming a race relations crusader. He also examines the complicated role Eleanor’s mother-in-law, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, played in her often-strained marriage to FDR, especially after the discovery of his infidelity with Lucy Mercer.

Michaelis is the New York Times bestselling author of Schulz and Peanuts and N. C. Wyeth, which won the Ambassador Book Award for Biography.

Copies of Eleanor (Simon & Schuster) are available for purchase from Politics and Prose.

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