My history hero: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)

Director Ken Burns explains why he admires social campaigner and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

This article was first published in the November 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) was a social campaigner, and first lady of the United States during her husband Franklin D Roosevelt’s four terms as president. Her human rights work led future US president Harry S Truman to label her the ‘First Lady of the World’.

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