Born into a world of wealth and privilege, she became a champion of the poor and downtrodden, and her work redefined the role of America's First Lady. Learn about the public and personal life of Eleanor Roosevelt in this "American Experience" production.
Standing by her husband, Eleanor became, in the assessment of historians who speak on camera, one of the most skillful politicians of her time. Using early archival photographs to illustrate her early life, and extensive newsreel footage to document her decades on the public stage, the role of Mrs. Roosevelt in pioneering causes and expanding the traditional duties of the First Lady is presented in a very entertaining and informative manner. Extensive interviews with descendants, friends, and scholars also contribute to an incisive look at the woman who inspired the nation during the depths of the Depression, comforted Americans during World War II, and, after President Roosevelt's death, played a pivotal role in America's prominence at the United Nations. -- Robert J. McNamara
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Actors||David McCullough, Alfre Woodard|
|Running Time||150 minutes|
|Release Date||Jan 10, 2006|