Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Life
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Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most extraordinary individuals in American history. She was the longest serving First Lady of the United States, but was far better known as an activist and diplomat. Born into the wealthy Oyster Bay Roosevelt Family, Eleanor’s early life was very difficult as she lost both her parents and one brother at a young age. Raised by her grandmother, Eleanor attended Allenwood Academy in London and studied under Maria Souvestre. She returned to New York in 1902, and became a social worker in the East Side slums. In 1905, she married her fifth cousin Franklin Roosevelt, and the relationship transitioned into one of the greatest partnerships in all of American history. As First Lady, Eleanor became a moral compass for the nation, and a pioneer advocate of civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights. Her weekly column “My Day” lifted many Americans during the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond. Eleanor Roosevelt’s passionate activism and humanitarianism gained her universal respect, and she is consistently ranked in Gallup’s top ten of the Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
Tim Crain is the director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and an assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in modern Europe and modern Jewish history at Arizona State University after receiving a B.A. and M.A. from Marquette University. His areas of specialization include modern Jewish history, comparative religious history, modern Europe, and the modern Middle East. Crain taught history for 15 years at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the University of Wisconsin System and Marquette University. He has instructed over twenty seminars at Bjorklunden, and Tim and his family always look forward to their time there each summer.