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First Lady — Author — Activist — Humanitarian

Eleanor Knitting

Eleanor Roosevelt's public life spanned many decades. Multiple one-hour programs are available that focus on specific issues of relevance to today's audiences. Each program consists of a monologue in-character, followed first by a question and answer period with "Eleanor Roosevelt" and then by a question and answer period with the scholar/presenter. Brief synopses are offered here. For more detail, see Program Descriptions

"This is My Story"
Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression

Meet first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1937, during her husband's second term as president, in the unfolding years of the New Deal. Hear her views on how you can make a difference in the midst of a strife-filled world — views at least as relevant today as they were eight decades ago.

"What We Are Fighting For"
Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II

It is December 1942. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt has just returned from England where she visited with soldiers, generals, royalty, and the working people. Find out how the First Lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and uncertainty.

"Hammering Out Human Rights"
Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations

Dubbed "First Lady of the World" by President Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. You may be surprised to find out how important Human Rights are to your life, and to the potential longevity of the United States.

"The Power of Words"
Eleanor Roosevelt Reflects Across the Decades

Throughout a public life that spanned many decades Eleanor Roosevelt was never elected to office. She held no positions of power. But she wielded the power of words again and again to effect social change. This program draws an arc across words that influenced her, words that rallied the country in the past, and words that can inspire us all today. 

"The Vote Alone is Not Enough"
Eleanor Roosevelt on Women's Rights

Mrs. Roosevelt examines Women’s Rights from the point of view of 1950, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  She assesses what has and has not been achieved, and points our eyes toward what we need to focus on in the future.

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