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Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
Further Reading

De Young, C. Coco. A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt. New York, NY: Yearling, 2000.

Set during the Great Depression in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the story centers around Margo Bandini and her struggle to save her home from being sold in a Sheriff's sale. She writes a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt and gets unexpected results. Ages 10 and up.

Faber, Doris. Eleanor Roosevelt– First Lady of the World. New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1985.

A "Women of our Time" biography tells about the early years of Eleanor Roosevelt, who had enormous political influence and won love and respect as America's first lady. Ages 9-12.

Fleming, Candace. Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005.

This book contains many primary sources including children's letters to Mrs. Roosevelt. It explains her life in photos, newspaper clippings, and quotes.

Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 1993.

This Newberry Honor book is an excellent biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Freedman, Russell. Children of the Great Depression. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2005.

This book contains primary sources, photographs, and text telling the story of the Great Depression from the point of view of children.

Norrell, Robert J. We Want Jobs–A Story of the Great Depression. Austin, TX: Steck-Vaughn Company, 1993.

This story is based on an interview given by a man named John Waskowitz in 1974 to the Pittsburgh Oral History Project. The setting is Port Vue, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The story tells of the struggle of the Pittsburgh steel workers during the Great Depression.

Rosenberg, Pam. Eleanor Roosevelt. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2003.

This is a short biography for young readers that tells of the childhood, education, private life, and years of public service of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Ages 8-12.

Weil, Ann. Eleanor Roosevelt–Fighter for Social Justice.(Childhood of Famous Americans series). New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1989.

This book is about the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt. Ages 9-12.

Web Sites

America in the 1930s

This website from the University of Virginia gives an excellent survey on the media and popular culture in the 1930s in America: what was in print, on the air, on display, and on film.

Documenting America: America from the Great Depression to World War II, Photographs from the FSA-OWI , 1935-1945

In the American Memory section of the Library of Congress, this accesses the famous photographs taken by photographers hired by the US Government to capture American life during the Great Depression. They are part of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection.

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection

This webpage shows the series of images Dorothea Lange took of the 32-year-old migrant mother in the pea picking camp in California in 1936. This image has since grown to represent the plight of American mothers and children during the Great Depression.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, New York

This institute is the result of the merger in 1987 of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the FDR Four Freedoms Foundation. This institute organizes conferences, events, and educational programs; creates grants-in-aid, fellowship, internship, and award programs; pioneers the use of the Internet in research and social studies education; publishes a newsletter and a book series on the Roosevelt period; and helps to develop three overseas centers for Roosevelt studies.

New Deal Network–Dear Mrs. Roosevelt

The New Deal Network is an educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The New Deal Network is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University and funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This link to the website discusses how children were affected by the Great Depression. Included are letters to Eleanor asking for clothes, money, bicycles, and "luxuries".

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers is a university-chartered research center associated with the Department of History of The George Washington University. This website contains valuable information about Eleanor Roosevelt including how she handled the volumes of mail that she received.

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