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Casting Her Own Shadow : Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism - Allida M. Black

Casting Her Own Shadow

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism

Paperback Published: 6th February 1997
ISBN: 9780231104050
Number Of Pages: 298
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt is believed by many to have revolutionized the American presidency, his wife Eleanor Roosevelt wrought great changes on the role of First Lady. But unlike other women of her stature, she did not let her political career come to an end when her husband died in 1945. In this text, the author examines Eleanor Roosevelt's profound influence on the Democratic party and civil rights organizations during the 17 years of the life she led after her husbands death. It shows how Eleanor Roosevelt, after being freed from the constraints imposed on her by her role in the White House, eagerly expanded her career and unabashedly challenged both the Democratic party and American liberals to practice what they preached. While her progressive determination won her praise in some quarters, it also provoked venomous press attacks, and even assassination attempts. At one point, the Ku Klux Klan reportedly put a bounty on her head. Whether the issue was civil rights, opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee, defending Alger Hiss, or questioning John F. Kennedy's character, Eleanor Roosevelt continually asserted that civil liberties and civil rights were the cornerstones of American democracy. This takes an unusual approach to the much-studied woman, synthesizing the political and the personal by viewing this courageous woman through the wide lens of political history rather than strict biography. Looking at Eleanor Roosevelt as the consummate liberal power broker, Black shows how she was a significant political player independent of FDR.

Written with verve and filled with new information, the issues discussed here are the most urgent issues of our time. . . . Everyone interested in the ongoing battles of the twentieth century, everyone concerned about women and power, biography and history, politics and the future, will want to read this book.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Casting Her Own Shadowp. 1
Learning To Be Independent: ER as Democratic Activistp. 7
Coming into Her Own: ER as First Ladyp. 23
Holding Truman Accountable: Full and Fair Employment at Just Wagesp. 51
Championing Civil Rights: From Patience to Protestp. 85
Confronting the Vital Center: Civil Liberties in War and Peacep. 151
Challenging the Party: John Kennedy and the Election of 1960p. 177
Conclusion: In the Shadow of ERp. 199
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780231104050
ISBN-10: 0231104057
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 6th February 1997
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48