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- A Life
equal rights, first ladies, human
rights, humanitarianism, United
Nations, women's studies
This book tells the life story of
social activist, humanitarian, and
crusader for human rights, Anna
Eleanor Roosevelt who was known as
the First Lady of the World. She was
the wife of the United States
President, Franklin D. Roosevelt,
and the niece of another, Theodore
Roosevelt. She was raised by her
maternal grandmother after the
premature death of her parents. Her
life was devoted to helping others,
whether as a teacher, an advocate
for equal rights, or serving on
governmental Commissions. In
addition to being a very active
First Lady while her husband was
President, she continued her active
public life after his death, serving
as a Delegate to the United Nations
and as Chairman of the Human Rights
Commission and the Commission on the
Status of Women.
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- Author and Book
- Russell Freedman (1929- )
- Book Connections. Read other biographies by
Russell Freedman including the Wright Brothers and
Abraham Lincoln. If you could ask Russell Freedman to
write another book, which famous person would you choose
for the topic? Why? Write an outline of the book to get
- Photographs. Freedman's books are full of
wonderful photographs. Choose one of the photographs and
write about what might have happened the day that the
picture was taken. Use American Memories to find a
picture that reflects the time period when Roosevelt was
- Cool Classroom
Letters. Go to the Dear Mrs. Roosevelt site.
Read letters that children wrote to Roosevelt. What would
you write in a letter to the first lady?
- United Nations. Explore the United Nations
Human Rights Commission. Describe the work of the
Commission. Do you think it's important? Why or why not?
Learn more about human rights at CyberSchoolBus.
- Eleanor Roosevelt. In the Franklin D.
Roosevelt Library and Museum, the nation's first
Presidential Library, two wings are dedicated to the
memory of Eleanor Roosevelt. What would you put in a
museum for Eleanor Roosevelt?
- Women. What is the purpose of the Commission
on the Status of Women? Hold a debate discussing why it
is or is not important.
- First Ladies. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the
most popular first ladies. Select another first lady.
Compare and contrast the two people and their roles as
first lady. Create a trading card for your first
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