Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1884-1933

Paperback | March 1, 1993

byBlanche Wiesen Cook

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The first volume in the life of America's greatest First Lady, "a woman who changed the lives of millions" (Washington Post).

Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. Three: 1938-1962, will be published in November 2016.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times. This volume covers ER's family and birth, her childhood, education, and marriage, and ends with FDR's election to the Presidency--the years of ER's youth and coming of age.

Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Cook's trilogy is an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political leader of our century.

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Cook hit a nerve with her portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt--the brave, fierce, passionate, political heroine of our century. A national bestseller, her authoritative biography has been celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, potential first ladies, and by reviewers everywhere. Now this seminal work depicting the life and achieve...

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The first volume in the life of America's greatest First Lady, "a woman who changed the lives of millions" (Washington Post).Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. Three: 1938-1962, will be published in November 2016.Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She over...

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume Two: 1933-1938 and Eleanor Roosevelt:Volume Three, 1938-1962, Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution and The Declassified Eisenhower, and is a former vice-pr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:632 pages, 8.42 × 5.51 × 1.29 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140094601

ISBN - 13:9780140094602

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgment

Introduction
1. Ancestry and Heritage
2. Elliott and Anna
3. Childhood of Tears and Loss
4. Years of Dreams and Longing
5. Allenswood and Marie Souvestre
6. Coming Out and Courting
7. Franklin and Me, and Sara Makes Three
8. Eleanor Roosevelt, Political Wife
9. The Roosevelts in Wilson's Washington
10. 191920: Race Riots and Red Scare, Grief and Renewal
11. The Campaign of 1920 and Louis Howe
12. ER and the New Women of the 1920s: Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read, First Feminist Friends
13. Convalescence, Marital Unity, and Separate Spheres: Polio, Val-Kill, and Warm Springs
14. ER, Political Boss
15. New York's First Lady, Part-Time
16. Teaching and Todhunter
17. ER at Forty-five
18. Earl Miller: A Champion of Her Own
19. Assignment ER: Lorena Hickok and the 1932 Campaign
20. The First Lady's First Friend

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

Cook hit a nerve with her portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt--the brave, fierce, passionate, political heroine of our century. A national bestseller, her authoritative biography has been celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, potential first ladies, and by reviewers everywhere. Now this seminal work depicting the life and achievements of an inspiring First Lady is available in trade paperback. Photographs

Editorial Reviews

"A first rate biography of America's most fascinating and influential political woman." (Jill Ker Conway)

"A fresh interpretation of the relationship between Roosevelt's private and public selves..spirited and absorbing" (David Kennedy, New York Times Book Review)

"Intelligent and absorbing" (New York)