By Robert Cohen
This activism made Mrs. Roosevelt a beloved figure among poor teens and children, who between 1933 and 1941 wrote her thousands of letters describing their problems and requesting her help. Dear Mrs. Roosevelt presents nearly 200 of these extraordinary documents to open a window into the lives of the Depression's youngest victims. In their own words, the letter writers confide what it was like to be needy and young during the worst economic crisis in American history.
Revealing both the strengths and the limitations of New Deal liberalism, this book depicts an administration concerned and caring enough to elicit such moving appeals for help yet unable to respond in the very personal ways the letter writers hoped.
- Chapel Hill, NC
- Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962--Correspondence
- Presidents' Spouses--United States--Correspondence
- Children--United States--Correspondence
- Poor Children--United States--Correspondence
- United States--History--1933-1945--Sources
- Depressions--1929--United States--Personal Narratives
- United States--Politics and Government--1933-1945--Sources
- United States--Social Conditions--1933-1945--Sources
- Children--United States--Social Conditions--20th Century--Sources
- Children's Writings, American