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Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
Further Reading

Cohen, Robert. Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

This book contains nearly 200 letters from children to Eleanor Roosevelt telling what it was like to be poor and growing up during the Great Depression.

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.

Web Sites

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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