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Eleanor Roosevelt's most important book--a battle cry for civil rights
As relevant and influential now as it was in 1962, Tomorrow Is Now is Eleanor Roosevelt's manifesto and her final effort to move America toward the community she hoped it would become. In bold, blunt prose, the greatest First Lady in American history traces the country's struggle to embrace democracy and presents her declaration against fear, timidity, complacency, and national arrogance. An open, unrestrained look into her mind and heart as well as a clarion call to action, Tomorrow Is Now is the work Eleanor Roosevelt willed herself to stay alive long enough to finish writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eleanor Roosevelt's life (1884-1962) spanned the crises the nation faced as it confronted two world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the birth of the United Nations and the human rights movement, and the resurgence of intense debates over civil rights, civil liberties, multilateralism, and feminism. She led an unparalleled public life. Although most well-known for her work as the nation's longest serving first lady (1933-1945), Roosevelt developed a remarkable career in journalism. She hosted political roundtables on radio and for television and delivered more than fifty public lectures a year for more than twenty years. Her nationally syndicated column "My Day" appeared in the nation's newspapers six days a week from 1936 to 1962. A prolific author, she wrote more than 550 articles and twenty-seven books, including a bestselling three-volume autobiography. Tomorrow Is Now is her last publication. She was equally active in the diplomatic and political arenas. She served as the only woman member of the United States delegation to the United Nations (1946-1952). As chair of its Commission on Human Rights (1947-1950), she shepherded the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her career in politics spanned fifty years and ranged from involvement in early labor and settlement movements to editing state and national Democratic Party publications; from coordinating party outreach to women voters to challenging the party to embrace civil and human rights. As an activist, she worked closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Nations Association of the USA, and Americans for Democratic Action. She also led a Brandeis University graduate seminar in international affairs, where she urged students to examine both sides of a position, state their position, and act to implement it."
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