Eleanor Roosevelt
A Life in American History
by Keri F. Dearborn
June 2022, 278pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7392-8
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Eleanor Roosevelt was a radio and television pioneer. It was her voice on the radio that calmed the nation following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American influencer. Using her own words, personal documents, past perspectives, and new biographical research, this book introduces young adult readers to Roosevelt not only within her own historical context, but connected to contemporary issues.

Using Eleanor Roosevelt’s own words, personal correspondences, private documents, and a wide range of past perspectives and new biographical research, this book tells the intimate story of a real woman who struggled with a lack of self confidence but built a supportive network of like-minded activist women to realize change. One hundred years ago, Roosevelt was drawn into politics and public service by events that seem ripped from current events—an opiate crisis, a global pandemic, unsafe working conditions for immigrant women, and the human costs of war. Roosevelt’s story mirrors the challenges of the 21st century and offers real examples of how change is possible.

For students of history, politics, and women’s studies, this book brings together past perspectives with new biographical scholarship, primary resources, and Roosevelt’s own words to understand the female role models who shaped her and how Roosevelt in turn built a women’s network of friends and activists that changed U.S. politics and society.


  • Brings together a wide range of new resources and primary sources to peel away Eleanor Roosevelt's crafted public persona and reveal the real woman—her vulnerabilities, priorities, heartbreaks, and triumphs
  • Provides readers with historical context in an easy-to-understand writing style to understand the important social changes Roosevelt contributed to and how her work continues to impact American lives in the 21st century
  • Includes a timeline that places Roosevelt's life within historical context
  • Includes primary documents that give voice to Roosevelt and her influence
  • Introduces readers to the private Eleanor Roosevelt, the women who mentored her, and the network of female activists she led to open the door for American women in politics, government, and international diplomacy
Keri F. Dearborn, MEd, is a nonfiction author and STEM education consultant in Southern California. She was a contributing author to Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, recognized by the American Libraries Association as a RUSA 2018 Outstanding Reference Source and on the RUSA 2019 List of Best Historical Materials selected by history experts. She was a contributing author to Technical Innovation in American History: An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and has written numerous biographies for young adult publications.

Women Making History

Women Making History is a series of single volume books that examine the lives and historical impact of the most iconic figures in American Women’s history.

Books in the Women Making History series explore the lives and contributions of important women in American history. Each volume goes beyond biographical details to consider historical context and explicitly discuss the world in which the individual lived and worked, the challenges she faced, and her lasting contributions. This approach allows readers to explore not just the life of a particular woman but also her various political, social, cultural, and historical contexts. In addition to chronological chapters, sidebars, a timeline, document excerpts, and a bibliography, an introductory chapter explores the cultural and historical significance of the individual and places her in the overall historical context, as well as how her actions, beliefs, or positions influenced not only women’s history, but history as a whole.


Each title in the series includes:
    • Series foreword
    • Preface
    • Chronological biographical chapters with sidebars
    • Supplemental chapter that explores "Why the Person Matters"
    • Timeline
    • Primary source documents
    • Bibliography
    • About the author
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