About Eleanor Roosevelt

   Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and she remains one of the most admired. Her life spanned the crises that American society faced as it confronted two world wars, the Great Depression, the dawn of the nuclear age, as well as the Cold War that followed in its wake. Through each episode, moreover, her activities tracked closely the convergence of intense debates over civil rights, civil liberties, multiculturalism, and human rights that remain at the center of contemporary scholarship and historical inquiry. Her transition from progressive reformer to New Dealer to so-called “First Lady of the World” put a human face on these debates, as well as the policies that Franklin Roosevelt, the United Nations, and the Democratic Party crafted to address them. And as her husband’s chief collaborator in drawing together the New Deal coalition, Eleanor Roosevelt was also the surviving partner who carried on the work of molding it into a powerful instrument of social reconstruction after his death—one that would ultimately dismantle Jim Crow, transform the United States from an isolationist into an internationalist power, and unleash economic opportunity on a scale not seen before or since. Read her biography>>