Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice
Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World
by Ilene Cooper
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pub Date 07 Aug 2018
I am reviewing a copy of Eleanor Rosevelt, Fighter For Justice through Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley:
Eleanor Rosevelt went from poor little rich girl to a woman who gave a voice to the voiceless. The wife of Franklin Delano Rosevelt and First Lady, she choose to use her voice in a way many in her era were afraid too!
Despite her families wealth in her childhood, it was not exactly idyllic, her Father battled addictions and would be gone for long stretches at a time, but he was the one that also showed her that not everyone was as blessed as she was. When she was only six her Father took her to help feed a couple needy boys Thanksgiving dinner, which likely was a large part of the reason she fought so hard for those in need throughout her life.
In 1892 when her Mother was only twenty nine she came down with Diptheria and the disease eventually ended up killing her. Leaving the children with only their troubled Father to care for them. A few months later her younger brother Elliot would die of Scarlet Fever, a little more than a year later she would loose her Father to Suicide!
At fifteen her Grandmother Hall sent Eleanor to a boarding school just outside of London.
After having some marriage trouble, Eleanor developed a form of Anorexia. By 1919 Eleanor had dismissed all the white servants and replaced them with a black staff.
Eleanor Rosevelt showed that by overcoming her fears and insecurities and prejudiced she could and did make a difference for Civil Rights Movement as well as many other important movements.
I give Eleanor Rosevelt, fighter for justice five out of five stars!