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Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World Hardcover – August 7, 2018
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"An eye-opening journey through Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, career, and social justice work . . . The author’s meticulous research creates a realistic portrayal of Roosevelt by including her achievements and also recognizing the limitations of her upbringing and status which affected Roosevelt’s social justice work . . . An engaging biography that will greatly enhance middle school collections."
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Eleanor Roosevelt comes alive with her bravery, deep desire to do right and also in her doubts and difficulties. The reader learns the basics of Eleanor's biography; not being beautiful for her mother, having a father who was an alcoholic, being orphaned. There is an excellent chapter or Eleanor's schooling in England and its impact on her. The joys and imperfections of her relationship with Franklin are acknowledged. The young reader learns of affairs but gently.
The author shows the ways in which Eleanor's consciousness was raised. She describes the prejudices with which Eleanor grew up and how she began to overcome them and fight for her beliefs.
I have read a number of books on the Roosevelts so felt knowledgeable going in. Yet, I still learned a lot. Of note, too, are the illustrations which make historical personages real and present.
I recommend this book highly for readers from middle school through adulthood.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
I did not know much about Eleanor's childhood and youth. Also, after reading the book, I am thoroughly convinced that Eleanor is one of the main reasons that her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had four successful presidential terms.
Ilene Cooper's biography of Eleanor specifically emphasizes her work in the spheres of social justice, civil rights, and racial equality. I really like how Cooper conveys Eleanor's growth in terms of these issues. She was not a perfect person; she held racial prejudices that were wrong and needed to be overcome. I was so impressed by Eleanor Roosevelt's willingness to listen and learn from other people. This is a trait that I deeply admire.