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Eleanor Roosevelt Visits Ohio Coal Mine 1935

Finding a Meaningful Role
Accustomed to life as a political and social activist, Eleanor Roosevelt initially worried about finding a meaningful role in her husband’s presidential administration. Though denied an official job in 1933, she became an unceasing advocate of New Deal social policies, investigating and reporting on the living and working conditions of Americans struggling through the Depression. She lobbied to create and expand programs and provide a wide variety of assistance to those in need. Her efforts paved the way for her own later activism and for future first ladies to play more direct roles in public policy.Her visit to a coal mine in Ohio in 1935 is pictured.

Presidents wife visits coal mine 1935


June 24, 2010 - Posted by | FDR, history, photography, politics |

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