Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume One, 1884-1933 Summary & Study Guide

Blanche Wiesen Cook
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Introduction

In her introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume One, Cook explains that many years after Eleanor Roosevelt's death, she remains a controversial figure. People disagree about whether she was a paragon of goodness or foolishly naïve. In addition, stereotypical ideas of what kind of life a woman should lead have obscured the full measure of Roosevelt's achievements. For Cook, Roosevelt's life was a personal and political journey that reflected all the complex issues at work in the twentieth century. It was a life of noble ideals and practical achievement.

Chapters 4-6: Death of Father, School, and Courtship

Shattered by his wife's death, Elliott started drinking again, but he continued to write warm letters to Eleanor. She treasured these letters and worshiped her father. Elliott died suddenly on August 14, 1893.

Eleanor was now living with her maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Ludlow Hall, and her aunts Maude and Pussie...

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