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First Lady of the World

First Lady of the World

"The story is over." That is what Eleanor Roosevelt told reporters several days after FDR's death. She seemed to believe, at least for a moment, that her role on the national stage had ended.

But ER's story was far from over. From 1945 until her death in 1962 she pursued a host of national and - increasingly - international causes. She played a critical role in fostering human rights, tirelessly promoted the United Nations, and became one of liberalism's most effective champions. A constant traveler, she crisscrossed the globe, meeting with citizens and world leaders, investigating conditions, and seeking solutions. She became, in President Harry Truman's words, "First Lady of the World."
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