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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.

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

        Delegate Eleanor Roosevelt listens through headphones at a meeting of the United Nations in 1947. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Gurewitsch | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Gurewitsch visits with boys from the Wiltwyck School of Esopus, NY. July, 1957. Credit: Edna Gurewitsch.

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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. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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

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

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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, 1933. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Talks to the Radio Audience | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt talks on the Pan-American Coffee Bureau Series on NBC Radio, 1941. Credit: Culver Pictures.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944. Credit: Culver Pictures.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a Morale-Building Tour | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits with wounded American troops in the South Pacific while on a morale-building tour, 1943. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Visits American Troops | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits American troops in the South Pacific, 1943. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Image of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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        Untitled Image Of Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Untitled image of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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        Untitled Image Of Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Untitled image of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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        John F. Kennedy Visits Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        John F. Kennedy visits Eleanor Roosevelt at her Hyde Park cottage, Val-Kill. August 14, 1960. Credit: Edna Gurewitsch.

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        Eleanor Roosevelts Meets With John F. Kennedy | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

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

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        Eleanor Roosevelt with Esther Lape | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt and fellow peace advocate Esther Lape in Washington, DC, 1924.

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