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. Eleanor Roosevelt was deeply controversial in her time, beloved for her advocacy for America's disadvantaged people, hated by those who opposed her advocacy for women's rights, Civil Rights, and more. But her decades of activism, including her spearheading of the first international charter on human rights, made her renowned as "First Lady to the world."
This intimate biography from PBS' American Experience series introduces viewers to both the public and personal lives of Eleanor Roosevelt. Drawing from archival photographs and newsreel footage, as well as interviews with descendants, friends, and scholars, it creates a vibrant picture of a complex woman who shaped the 20th century.
"This lively documentary portrays one of the 20th century's most fascinating figures, a shy girl who would grow up to spend 30 years as the most powerful woman in America. Eleanor Roosevelt, who came to be both loved and hated by millions, grew up in a troubled home, losing both parents when she was young yet somehow developing a sense of compassion she would bring to a long career in public life.... [This is] 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, Amazon.com Reviews
|12 and up
|David McCullough, Alfre Woodard
|Jan 10, 2006