My article Eleanor Roosevelt as “Ordinary” Citizen and “Expert” on Radio in the Early 1950s has been published in Sage Open.
I'm investigating the broadcasts Eleanor Roosevelt did for the Voice of America. In November 1951 she delivered a series of weekly talks from Paris. Speaking, as she said, on behalf of the United States Delegation she had been asked to explain to the citizens of post-war Europe - particularly the women - why the UN General Assembly meetings in Paris were so important.
In her first talk of November 18, she compares the process of achieving peace in the world to gardening. "Peace is something you must cultivate with great tenderness and care. Like certain delicate plants and flowers peace needs warmth and love." She also delivers this rhetorically masterful quote about peace:
"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."
This remains as true today as it did then.
A statue of Eleanor Roosevelt was unveiled today outside University College Roosevelt in Middelburg by Eleanor and Franklin's grand-daughter Anne Roosevelt and the mayor of Middelburg, Harald Bergmann,
The regional broadcaster, Omroep Zeeland asked me why it was important to honour ER. Listen to the full interview here (in Dutch).
Photo from website of PZC newsap
The text of the speech given at the opening of the Faithfully Yours Exhbition is available on the presentations page.
The Exhibition "Faithfully yours, Franklin Delano Roosevelt" that highlights the connection between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Dutch Royal Family will be officially opened at the Zeeuws Library in Middelburg on Wednesday 7th May. http://www.zeeuwsebibliotheek.nl/agenda/127016.tentoonstelling-faithfully-yours,-franklin-delano-roosevelt.html
Barbara Oomen and I wrote an article for the Digital Utrecht University Newsletter, or DUB, arguing that Eleanor Roosevelt should be honoured again properly by the University. When she was awarded the honorary degree on April 20, 1948, she was told it was mainly because she was a woman and a perfect mother of five children. If that's the only prerequisite, then surely half the population of the world should be getting honorary doctorates.
The FDR Library at Hyde Park is a treasure trove of information. This week I listened to some of the radio broadcasts First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt did for the Pan American Coffee Bureau. On November 9, 1941 Mrs Roosevelt is asked about a visit from the Dutch Princess Juliana (who had left the Netherlands during the war) and her two daughters Princess Beatrix and Princess Irene to the house at Hyde Park. She said....
Eleanor Roosevelt on Education:
"What one should try to do, is to develop an attitude of mind which makes people want to learn and to know
and then give them the tools so that whatever they want to know all through life they are able to master
because they've learned to use certain tools."
Dr. Rosemary Parks, President of Connecticut College for Women:
"That would be the definition of a liberal education"
Eleanor Roosevelt Program, August 14, 1951
Program number 180 of the Eleanor Roosevelt (June 19, 1951) has a separate track with sponsor announcements read by the Program announcer, Ben Grauer. One of the messages is for Juliana Cheese. "A brand new cheese with an old world flavor. Newly arrived from the heart of Holland, Juliana is.....
The January 1, 1951 edition of the Eleanor Roosevelt Program (Program 59) included a long message from Mrs Roosevelt to the United Nations troops serving in Korea, as well as messages for world peace from six world leaders: Ambassador Herman Santa Cruz from Chile, French Prime Minister Rene Plevin, India's Sir Benegal Rau, Israëli Ambassador Aubrey Eban, General Carlos Romulo of the Philippines and Sir Gladwyn Jebb of Great Britain.