Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life (Library of American Biography Series), 3rd edition

  • J William T. Youngs

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This biography offers a clear, concise and moving portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials and tribulations serve as wonderful examples of the power of human dignity, and of the ability of extraordinary people to captivate America.


The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

Table of contents

Editor's Preface.
Prologue: The South Pacific, 1943.


1. A Victorian Family.
2. The Legacy.
3. Growing Up.
4. Eleanor and Franklin.
5. A Politician's Wife.
6. Grief. 
 7. Public Service. 
 8. First Lady. 
 9. The Democratic Crusade.
10. On Her Own.

Study and Discussion Questions

A Note on the Sources.

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Published by Pearson (July 11th 2005) - Copyright © 2006