It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt

It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt


By (author) Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume editor Leonard C. Schlup, Volume editor Donald W. Whisenhunt

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  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Lexington
  • ISBN 10: 0813191335
  • ISBN 13: 9780813191331
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

Product 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 Me" demonstrates 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.

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Author information

Leonard C. Schlup, a professional historian who lives in Akron, Ohio, has written numerous articles and essays for historical dictionaries and encyclopedias. Donald W. Whisenhunt, professor of history at Western Washington University, is the author of Poetry of the People: Poems to the President, 1929-1945.

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"The first volume of her letters to political leaders.... Superbly introduced and footnoted for the general reader to gain insight into the public persona that Roosevelt created for herself during the second half of her productive life." - Library Journal; "Schlup and Whisenhunt's annotated selections span fifty years but deliberately emphasize the period after FDR's death.... Correspondents included Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and Martin Luther King Jr. Forthright, savvy, and deeply opposed to oppression in all forms, Roosevelt tackled everything from conflicts in the Middle East to school funding to racism." - Booklist"