Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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We think we know the story of Eleanor Roosevelt--the shy, awkward girl who would redefine the role of First Lady, becoming a civil rights activist and an inspiration to generations of young women. As legend has it, the bane of Eleanor's life was her demanding and domineering mother-in-law, Sara Delano Roosevelt. Biographers have overlooked the complexity of a relationship that had, over the years, been reinterpreted and embellished by Eleanor herself.

Through diaries, letters, and interviews with Roosevelt family and friends, Jan Pottker uncovers a story never before told. The result is a triumphant blend of social history and psychological insight--a revealing look at Eleanor Roosevelt and the woman who made her historic achievements possible.
  

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Review: Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt

User Review  - Stephanie Heath - Goodreads

The Roosevelt's are fascinating people. I always enjoy reading about them, and when I discovered this book, I excitedly anticipated reading more about the relationship between Eleanor and her mother ... Read full review

Review: Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

This is a really great book on the life of Sara Delano Roosevelt. It goes back to her ancestor that came over on the Mayflower. Because of her vast wealth, she was able to let her only son, Franklin ... Read full review

Contents

French by Ancestry Dutch by Birth and English by Association
1
On the West Bank of the Hudson River Lived the Delanos
7
My Orderly Little Life
16
The Contented Spinster
25
On the East Bank of the Hudson River Lived the Roosevelts
30
A Gentleman of the Old School
38
Hyde Park
43
A Democrat Can Be a Gentleman
48
The Traditions Some of Lis Love Best
166
A Kaleidoscope of Work
174
Miss Mercer
181
Our Boy
187
Rainy Day
196
Solidly Important Individual
201
I Got Up This Party for You
210
Grit and Grace
218

Sallie and Mr Roosevelt
52
We Three
61
The Oyster Bay Clan
68
A Beautiful Frame
75
Groton School
80
Allenswood School
85
Mother and Guardian
89
Sparks and Smolders
94
For Life for Death
100
Keeping the Name in the Family
107
Roosevelt and Roosevelt
115
Dearest Mama
120
Modern Ideas
129
The Chicks
135
A Really Fine and Dignified Position
147
Launched in Your Work
158
Eleanors Work Among the Women
225
Splintered
236
If He Does I Hope He Wins
247
Happy Days
259
First Mother
266
The Duchess
272
Gracious Lady Modern Woman
285
You Are My Life
295
Hyde Park and Me
300
The Dowager Mrs Roosevelt
309
A World of Peace
315
The Truth Must Be Shown
324
Epilogue
343
Acknowledgments
387
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Jan Pottker is the author of seven previous books, including Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Pottker's interest in Sara and Eleanor was sparked when she realized that a myth had grown around Eleanor at the expense of Sara---much the same as the relationship between Jackie and her mother had been underplayed and distorted over time. Pottker has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Andrew S. Fishel.

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