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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

September 9, 2014 • Deirdre Black

Eleanor Roosevelt in a 1940 Red Cross Appeal

Eleanor Roosevelt stands as a mythic figure in my family. Our folklore praises her for personally intervening in response to a plea for help by my grandmother and her siblings during the 1940s. While I have no documented evidence to support the story, for some reason I choose to accept it as true… perhaps due to my own desire to be part of the Roosevelt family’s great historical drama. It should come as no surprise then that I’ll be tuning in to watch the seven-part, Ken Burns’ series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History  which begins September 14 on PBS. I’m really looking forward to it.

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