Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression (Paperback)
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Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 31/10/2002
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Impoverished young Americans had no greater champion during the Depression than Eleanor Roosevelt. As First Lady, Mrs Roosevelt used her newspaper columns and radio broadcasts to crusade for expanded federal aid to poor children and teenagers. She was the most visible spokesperson for the National Youth Administration, the New Deal's central agency for aiding the needy young, and she was adamant in insisting that federal aid to young people be administered without discrimination so that it reached blacks as well as whites, girls as well as boys. This activism made Mrs Roosevelt a beloved figure among poor teenagers and children, who between 1933 and 1941 wrote her thousands of letters describing their problems and requesting her help. ""Dear Mrs Roosevelt"" presents nearly 200 of these documents to open a window into the lives of the Depression's youngest victims. In their own words, the letter writers confide what it was like to be needy and young during the worst economic crisis in American history. Revealing both the strengths and the limitations of New Deal liberalism, this book depicts an administration concerned and caring enough to elicit such moving appeals for help yet unable to respond in the very personal ways the letter writers hoped.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807854136
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A must-read for anyone concerned about poverty and its impact on the young. (David N. Dinkins, former mayor of New York City)
Poignant, heartfelt, and brimming with childlike faith, these missives represent a portion of the population often overlooked by historians. ("Booklist")
An honest, splendid depiction of the hopes, fears, vulnerability, and aloofness that both Eleanor Roosevelt and the children who wrote her needed to survive the Depression. (Allida Black, editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers)

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