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 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Teaching Strategy
This lesson focuses on first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose active role in her husband's presidency as a champion for children, the poor, minorities, and women redefined the public's expectations of a first lady. In this lesson, students read and analyze several of these letters, as well as a photograph and biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, to compare the public's perception of Roosevelt to her actions as first lady.  More
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The Catholic University of America
Eleanor Roosevelt visited Fides House in Washington, D.C. in 1941. Throughout her time as first lady, she championed civil rights for African Americans, supported programs to aid the poor, and often spoke publicly on issues affecting children. More
"I have moments of real terror when I think we might be losing this generation.  We have got to bring these young people into the active life of the community and make them feel that they are necessary."
Eleanor Roosevelt, in The New York Times, May 7, 1934.

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Eighteenth-century women tied on pockets under their skirts and reached through slits in their petticoats to retrieve items. This lady's pocket contains a fan, wig curler, sewing implements (needle case and wax animal), coins (pieces of eight), seal and wax, Aesop's Fables playing cards, and receipt (recipe). Comes with a complete Teacher Guide with lesson plans, worksheets, a glossary, and graphic organizers. More
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