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ERIC Number: EJ944286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights
Kirkwood-Tucker, Toni Fuss
Social Education, v75 n5 p245-249 Oct 2011
Eleanor Roosevelt's support of African American rights was one of the highlights of her activities as first lady. Her fearless advocacy for justice pulled her into political controversies that were unprecedented for the wife of a president. The first lady's initiatives in support of the rights of African Americans offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. Eleanor Roosevelt was passionately committed to the ideals of social justice. She viewed racial discrimination as a blatant form of injustice that had been tolerated for too long. She actively cultivated relationships with civil rights leaders, and was at the center of major events in civil rights history, among them the controversy that arose in 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Marian Anderson to sing in Constitution Hall. Through her activism, she hoped to rally public opinion in favor of civil rights. As first lady, she also knew that she was uniquely situated to have the ear of the president, and she was fully prepared to use this access to promote a cause in which she believed. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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