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        Eleanor Roosevelt: Later Years | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        View images featuring Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), wife and first lady to the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, and favorite niece of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor’s childhood was filled with wealth and privilege as well as loss and isolation. She married Franklin in 1905 and raised five children. As first lady, she grew into a role of activism and engagement with the press and public on issues like Civil Rights. In her later years, she served as a delegate the UN General Assembly, where she helped draft the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

        Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Photo credit: Underwood & Underwood, Washington, DC.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1933 World's Fair | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaks during Women's Day at the World's Fair in Chicago, November 1, 1933. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Eleanor Roosevelt with Lorena Hickok in Puerto Rico, 1934 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt with Lorena Hickok in Puerto Rico, March 1934. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House, 1937 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House in 1937. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Rallies Support, 1940 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt rallies support for the International Ladies Garment Workers, 1940. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Visits American Troops in the South Pacific, 1943 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits American troops in the South Pacific, August-September, 1943. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations, 1947 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations, wearing headphones, 1947. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Gurewitsch, 1957 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Gurewitsch visit with boys from the Wiltwyck School of Esopus, New York, July 1957. Photo credit: Edna Gurewitsch.

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        Eleanor Roosevelts Meets with John F. Kennedy, 1960 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt meets with Democratic Presidential Nominee John F. Kennedy at her Val-Kill home, August 14, 1960. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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