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The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice

Author: Patricia Bell-Scott
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Vintage editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1938, the twenty-eight-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to the president and first lady, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, protesting racial segregation in the South. Eleanor wrote back. So began a friendship that would last for a quarter-century, as Pauli became a lawyer, a principal strategist in the fight to protect Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and a cofounder of the National Organization for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Eleanor Roosevelt; Pauli Murray; Pauli Murray; Eleanor Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Bell-Scott
ISBN: 9780679767299 0679767290
OCLC Number: 951948169
Description: xix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: The hand of friendship --
Prelude: Camp Tera, 1933-35 --
Taking aim at the White House, 1938-40 --
Bumping up against the law, 1940-42 --
Making friends with the First Lady, 1942-44 --
Standing up to life's challenges, 1944-45 --
Fashioning new lives, 1945-52 --
Drawing closer as friends, 1952-55 --
Fighting for a just world, 1956-59 --
Lighting the path for new activists, 1959-62 --
Speaking truth to the end, 1963-85.
Responsibility: Patricia Bell-Scott.

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"In 1938, the twenty-eight-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to the president and first lady, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, protesting racial segregation in the South. Eleanor wrote back. So began a friendship that would last for a quarter-century, as Pauli became a lawyer, a principal strategist in the fight to protect Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and a cofounder of the National Organization for Women, and Eleanor became a diplomat and first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Two decades in the making, and drawing on letters, journals, diaries, and interviews, this monumental work shows how the relationship between a writer-turned-activist and the first lady not only had a profound effect on each of their lives, but also impacted the struggle for social justice."--Page 4 of cover.

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