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The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia

by Maurine H. Beasley, ed., Holly C. Shulman, ed., Henry R. Beasley, ed.

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December 2000


Pages 656
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Gender
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Perhaps the most important woman in 20th century America, Eleanor Roosevelt fascinates scholar and layperson alike. This exciting encyclopedia brings together basic information illuminating her complex career and making the interaction between her private and public lives accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. Written by scholars—including the most eminent Eleanor Roosevelt and New Deal scholars—journalists, and those who knew her, the 200 plus entries in this book provide easy access to material showing how Eleanor Roosevelt changed the First Lady's role in politics, widened opportunities for women, became a liberal leader during the Cold War era, and served as a guiding spirit at the United Nations. A unique resource, the book provides an introduction to American history through the vantage point of a woman who both represented her times and moved beyond them.

Illuminating her multifaceted career, life, and relationships, The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia offers the reader an unparalleled opportunity to examine the complicated and fascinating life of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Table of Contents

PrefaceForeword by Blanche Wiesen CookIntroduction by James MacGregor BurnsChronology of Eleanor Roosevelt's Life and CareerWell-Known Quotations by Eleanor RooseveltThe EncyclopediaIndex



[O]ffers fascinating glimpses into the corners of ER's life usually overlooked in the blaze of her triumphs....[W]ill prove an invaluable reference tool....This book belongs in every library.—American Journalism

...the work by the writers of ^IThe Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia^R provides invaluable insight into her multiple interests and varied lifestyle and how her life affected both women's history and mass media history.—Journalism History

That Eleanor Roosevelt was a complex twentieth century woman is illustrated throughout the volume, which brings together in a scholarly yet readable style the many facets of her life and career. This encyclopedia is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin (Starred Review)

Eleanor Roosevelt remains a model for women's advocacy, and this volume will be helpful to students who need to learn more about her.—Blanche Woolls & David Loertscher (

[T]his volume provides a user-friendly resource that will be invaluable to teachers and students at the middle through high school levels. It makes for fascinating reading.—VOYA

This unique reference source about an extraordinary American Woman is not only chock full of information, but also fascinating reading. This work is highly recommended for all collections serving audiences in U.S., twentieth-century, and women's history.—American Reference Books Annual


I have no doubt that the Encyclopedia will be of immense value to historians, editors, journalists, Rooseveltians and interested citizens. It is at once a guide to the life and works of perhaps the most distinguished American woman of the century and a stimulus to further scholarship both in Roosevelt studies and in women's history.—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Our fascination with Eleanor Roosevelt grows larger with each passing year. This splendid encyclopedia offers an expansive, near-definitive exploration of her life and times. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who seeks to understand the meaning of the 20th century United States.—Nelson Lichtenstein^Lauthor of ^IWalter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit^R

[A] wonderful introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt's unprecedented, exhilarating and ardent life...this encyclopedia is a basic and essential guide to her multiple interests and many lives.—From the foreword by Blanche Wiesen Cook


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