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The first lady of radio : Eleanor Roosevelt's historic broadcasts
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962, author.
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New York, NY : The New Press, 2014.
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xv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The girl of today" -- "Woman's career vs. woman's home" -- "A mother's responsibility as a citizen" -- "Concluding broadcast" -- "Negro education" -- "When will a woman become president of the U.S.?" -- "Shall a woman be herself?" -- "A day in the White House" -- "Peace through education" -- "World Court broadcast" -- "Making the wheels go 'round in the White House" -- "Keeping house on a budget in the White House" -- "What it means to be the wife of the president" -- "Education of a daughter for the twentieth century" -- "Problems of working women" -- "Life in a tenement" -- "Eleanor Roosevelt interviewed on the causes and cures of war" -- "Domestic workers and government housing" -- "Questions about the White House" -- "Democracy" -- "Political conventions and campaign trips" -- "Planning for war and postwar periods" -- "Peace, democracy and ideals" -- "Address to the Democratic National Convention" -- "Shall we arm merchant ships?" -- "Freedom of speech" -- "Propaganda" -- "Isolationists" -- "Pearl Harbor attack" -- "Civilian defense" -- "Preparedness for war" -- "Enemy aliens and women in war work" -- "Answering her critics" -- "Broadcast from Liverpool" -- "Wartime conditions in Great Britain" -- "D-Day message" -- "V-E Day radio message" -- "V-J Day radio message."
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On the afternoon of 7 December 1941, as a stunned nation gathered to hear the news about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eleanor Roosevelt was preparing for her weekly radio programme. Now, her ground-breaking career as a radio broadcaster is almost entirely forgotten. As First Lady, she hosted a series of programs that revolutionised how Americans related to their chief executive and his family. The First Lady of Radio rescues these broadcasts from the archives, presenting a carefully curated sampling of transcripts of Roosevelt's most famous radio shows.

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In her time, Eleanor Roosevelt redefined the role of First Lady, and one of the ways she did so was through her constant public communication with the U.S. citizens. Smith, executive editor and host of American Radio Works, has selected transcripts of broadcasts from 1932 to 1945, including important addresses on the bombing of Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and V-E Day, as well as several aimed at the woman of the day. Eleanor didn't shy away from difficult topics; an advocate for women, she promoted the value of the female wartime labor force on the home front. She also grasped that social roles were changing for women. The fact that her show was commercially sponsored by the likes of Sweetheart Soap and Pond's Cold Cream opened her up to criticism, as did some of her other political activities, such as her stint as an assistant director for volunteer coordination in the Office of Civilian Defense, a post she had to give up after only five months. The book includes her response to some of these charges, in "Answering Her Critics." Smith provides accurate context for the transcripts, and, though they do not make for great literature, they're an intriguing glimpse into the social and political changes of the period. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.