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The Roosevelt cousins : growing up together, 1882-1924

Author: Linda Donn
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"At the turn of the twentieth century, in the brownstones of New York City and the country houses of Long Island and the Hudson River Valley, a generation of young Roosevelt cousins shared carriage rides to school and dancing class. Together they rode their horses and fished and swam in landscapes they would know until the end of their lives.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Donn, Linda.
Roosevelt cousins.
New York : Knopf : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2001
(OCoLC)606737890
Online version:
Donn, Linda.
Roosevelt cousins.
New York : Knopf : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2001
(OCoLC)609039425
Named Person: Roosevelt family.; Theodore Roosevelt; Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt; Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Eleanor Roosevelt; Roosevelt family.; Franklin D Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Donn
ISBN: 0679446370 9780679446378
OCLC Number: 47056328
Description: x, 237 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Family Tree --
Young Cousins 1882-1902 --
Theodore --
Alice and Eleanor --
River Families --
Fourth of July in Oyster Bay --
Fourteen-Year-Olds --
New York City's Assembly Ball --
Thresholds 1902-1906 --
White House New Year --
First Steps --
Vows --
Roosevelt Weds Roosevelt --
Alice Rising --
Shifting Alliances 1910-1918 --
Two Cousins Campaign --
Divided Loyalties --
Wartime Washington --
Schisms 1918-1924 --
Lucy Mercer --
Peace Treaties --
Franklin's Polio --
Dynastic Struggle.
Responsibility: Linda Donn.
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"At the turn of the twentieth century, in the brownstones of New York City and the country houses of Long Island and the Hudson River Valley, a generation of young Roosevelt cousins shared carriage rides to school and dancing class. Together they rode their horses and fished and swam in landscapes they would know until the end of their lives.".

"The cousins were numerous. Five girls - Eleanor, Alice, Christine, Elfrida, and Dorothy - all born in one ten-month period, were known during their debutante year as the "Magic Five." Although the public later came to see Alice and Eleanor as polar opposites, in Donn's compelling account we learn that they were more similar than people supposed. Alice, perceived as beautiful, witty, sophisticated, and dedicated to enjoying herself, was often unhappy and tortured by self-doubt. Eleanor, described later (usually by herself) as serious, mousy, and driven by duty to reform the world, was tough as nails and knew exactly how to gain and hold power. As a debutante she was lively, almost beautiful, and very popular, pursued by many eligible swains.

And as children and young women they were best friends - Alice wrote in her diary that the person with whom she would most want to be marooned on a desert island was Eleanor." "But the Roosevelt clan was not always supportive. Sometimes they ostracized members who they felt didn't uphold the family's values. Theodore had urged his nieces as well as his nephews to lead lives of public service, a goal that united them and gave direction and purpose to the family, but when the young Roosevelts began to compete for public office, family members began to take sides. Protective and increasingly bitter, Alice saw in her cousin Franklin's success a threat to her brother Ted's future. Franklin's mother and Eleanor perceived his cousins to be dangerous political rivals.".

"Theodore couldn't have known, when he encouraged the young cousins to battle for the welfare of others, that their personal struggles for independence would rupture the Roosevelt clan. But as the young people jockeyed for position, they found themselves on a collision course, for only one man could be president."--BOOK JACKET.

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