Explore Eleanor Roosevelt’s Extraordinary Life and Legacy Nov. 4
Press Release · Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Washington, DC

Hear two top Eleanor Roosevelt scholars discuss her extraordinary life and legacy on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. Historian and writer Allida Black will speak with biographer David Michaelis about his newest work: Eleanor: A Biography, a single-volume portrait of the First Lady, diplomat, activist, and humanitarian. See related online resources from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, one of 15 National Archives Presidential Libraries. The event is free and open to the public. Register online; watch the livestream on the National Archives YouTube Channel. This program is presented in partnership with the Concord Museum. 

Allida M. Black is a world-renowned expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, founding editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and a board member of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Foundation, and the Center for New Deal Studies. She has written and edited 10 books and many articles on women, politics, and human rights policy.

David Michaelis is the prize-winning author of six books, most recently Eleanor: A Biography, that draws on exhaustive new research to provide a riveting account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s transformative journey—from orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt to settlement house volunteer on the Lower East Side to a partner in New York’s most important power couple; and from Presidential surrogate, a voice for the voiceless, and the nation’s longest serving First Lady to global citizen and the architect of international human rights. His other works include N.C. Wyeth: A Biography and Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

The Concord Museum (MA) educates visitors about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary, and cultural life. The museum’s nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for changing exhibitions, extended classroom learning, dynamic programs, and publications relevant to an ever-changing world. This program is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality. 


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