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Ruby A. Black: Eleanor Roosevelt, Puerto Rico, and Political Journalism in Washington - Women in American Political History (Hardback)
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Ruby A. Black: Eleanor Roosevelt, Puerto Rico, and Political Journalism in Washington - Women in American Political History (Hardback)

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Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 11/04/2017
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This book explores the relationship of Washington journalist Ruby A. Black with two notable mid-twentieth-century figures: Eleanor Roosevelt and Luis Munoz Marin. Black's role in the political atmosphere surrounding the first lady brought much-needed attention to Puerto Rico and enhanced Roosevelt's position, but had a detrimental effect on Black's career.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498519496
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 239 x 158 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Bringing new insight to the world of feminist writer, Ruby A. Black, Maurine Beasley weaves together an intricate story combining the personal and work life of this Washington D.C. journalist. * Voices for Media Democracy *
Beasley's well-written biography of Black is based on detailed research in the available records and primary sources related to Black's life and career. Beasley does an excellent job of portraying Black's life and explaining the impact she had on the development of relationships between influential people in Washington and Puerto Rico. Although not the primary factor in the outcome of these relationships, Black was a key component in their origination, and Beasley does an excellent job of explaining her role. * American Journalism: A Media History Journal *
The leading scholar of first ladies and the press, Maurine H. Beasley has written an involving and fast-paced account of the life of Ruby A. Black, an early Eleanor Roosevelt biographer, a gifted Washington reporter, and an advocate for Puerto Rico during the New Deal ear. Public libraries, universities, and general readers will want to own this fine addition to Beasley's impressive body of work. -- Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas, Austin
Once again Beasley has done the hard work for all of us. Drawing upon an impressive range of archival source material and her own encyclopedic knowledge of the period, Beasley has made it impossible to ignore the powerful pen that women journalists like Ruby A. Black wielded in New Deal Washington, the dynamic relationship they shared with Eleanor Roosevelt, or the synergy that enabled both to shape policy even in places as unexpected as Puerto Rico. We need more books like this one, and Beasley's achievement here is such that they will doubtlessly follow in its wake. -- Christopher Brick, George Washington University
This book offers a fascinating look at Ruby A. Black, a journalist, activist, and author of the first biography of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Using the letters exchanged between Black, Roosevelt, and others, Beasley crafts a compelling tale of a reporter turned advocate who used her friendship with the First Lady to draw attention to the struggles of the Puerto Rican people and lobby for political change in the island. While Black is the central figure in the narrative, Beasley also includes rich details about the lives of the women reporters who covered Mrs. Roosevelt, the First Lady's behind-the-scenes political influence, and Puerto Rican history, making this a must-read for multiple audiences. -- Lisa M. Burns

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