Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World
Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World
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Annotation: Traces the influential First Lady's rise from an insecure orphaned girl of privilege to a powerful advocate for civil rights and other important causes.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #169480
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: vii, 184 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-72295-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-72295-0
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2017058795
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Cooper traces Roosevelt's path from privileged upbringing to fierce social-justice crusader. The First Lady evolves from a suffragist into a staunch advocate for people of color, supporting anti-lynching legislation, integrating the armed forces, and equal benefits from New Deal programs. Accompanied by historical photos and excerpts from Roosevelt's speeches and letters, this compact biography is a worthwhile introduction to one of America's most prominent activists. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
This biography of Eleanor Roosevelt portrays her as a tireless champion of the underdog and a high-profile advocate for civil and human rights. Using her subject's first name, Cooper focuses on Eleanor's involvement in the civil rights movement but notes that even in her 30s she "paid virtually no attention to the difficulties of African Americans who faced prejudice every day…despite the fact she was aware of the turmoil in the black community." Not until she was first lady did racial injustice gain Eleanor's full attention, partly due to her surrounding herself with such activists as Mary McLeod Bethune, Walter White, and Pauli Murray. Cooper writes that an awakening came when she helped raise money for Arthurdale, a planned community in West Virginia for out-of-work coal miners. Eleanor was shocked to learn that whites who had lived together with blacks in poverty for decades refused to let them join the community. This led Eleanor to understand "how corrosive the systemic segregation of African Americans was." Cooper chronicles how she did everything possible to keep civil rights a focus of the Roosevelt administration, including such piquant details as her insistence on attending a public event against the advice of the FBI and with her pistol to protect herself against the Klan, which had issued a $25,000 bounty. Cooper is silent on Roosevelt's romantic relations with other women, however.A muscular and admiring profile in moral courage. (photos, timeline, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)
Publishers Weekly
Studded with lively anecdotes and archival photos, Cooper-s cogent biography elucidates the breadth of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt-s commitment to and efficacy in the fights for women-s rights, desegregation, and child labor law reforms. The author deftly juggles Roosevelt-s personal and public personas, moving through her lonely, unsettled childhood (she was orphaned by the age of nine), her sometimes volatile marriage to FDR, her indefatigable championing of underdogs, her pivotal influence over legislation, and her work as a U.S. delegate to the newly formed United Nations. Cooper also delves deeply into Roosevelt-s struggles to overcome her childhood-rooted racial and religious prejudices in order to fight against the same. Using ample, carefully sourced quotes from her subject, Cooper (A Woman in the House (and Senate)) provides an authentic, expansive portrait, incorporating concise explanations of historical milestones such as both world wars, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. In the present era of increasingly galvanized young activists and controversial immigration policies (Roosevelt advocated tirelessly on behalf of refugees and immigrants), this is an indisputably timely book. Ages 10-14. (Aug.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 69 An eye-opening journey through Eleanor Roosevelt's life, career, and social justice work. Cooper tells the life story of Roosevelt in chronological chapters beginning with her lonely childhood, then the joy and challenges of her marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and her subsequent career as a politician's wife during significant historical events. There is a focus on the Depression and the resulting government programs to help poverty-stricken Americans and the civil rights movements of the 1930s and 1940s. 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. Her correspondence with civil rights activist Pauli Murray is included as an example of her ignorance of the plight of African Americans and her willingness to learn and change. Cooper mentions how Roosevelt's beliefs were tempered by the political expectations of her husband and his party, both of which often restrained her from speaking out. A variety of photographs effectively aid the story and detailed back matter includes one of Roosevelt's speeches on civil liberties. VERDICT An engaging biography that will greatly enhance middle school collections. Casey O'Leary, Mooresville Public Library, IN
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 27,691
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.0 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 195884 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.6 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q74914
Lexile: 1120L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Once she committed herself to a cause, Eleanor Roosevelt did not turn away. Turning away was not her style. Book jacket.

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