New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949. First Edition. Original blue publisher's cloth binding with paper label to spine. An exceptionally Fine copy housed in original glassine and in a Near Fine original slipcase, which has only a slight bump top corner. Number 558 of 1000 copies signed by First Lady and social activist Eleanor Roosevelt.
A diplomat and activist before, during, and after her time as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt remains one of the most influential women in U.S. history. A vocal supporter of Civil Rights and racial equality, she lobbied to reframe New Deal programs to ensure an equal share of relief benefits to communities of color; and an advocate for working women, Roosevelt promoted legal reforms that increased women's wages and provided reasonable limits on their work hours. Roosevelt was forward-looking in terms of policy and her methods for promoting reform; and she frequently published columns and spoke on the radio to reach the widest possible audience. Following her 12 years in the White House, Roosevelt went on to serve in the United Nations, chairing the Commission on Human Rights in the post-war years and using her influence to contribute to the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Written shortly after her time as First Lady, this memoir candidly covers her life from 1920-1945, documenting her entrance into political life and setting the stage for her future activism. An exceptional example of this rare book, signed by an exceptional woman. Fine (Item #2225)