Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography by Harold Ivan Smith


Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.  They had 5 children and she nursed him through the early days of his disease (polio).  But after his affair with Lucy Mercer, she became more independent.  She was a tireless advocate for causes she believed in.  She was Episcopalian and took Jesus’ commandments very seriously.  There is a saying “it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness”.  As  Adlai Stevenson said at her funeral, Eleanor wasn’t afraid to light a candle; or several.  From her position of prominence, she was able to do a lot for the poor and downtrodden.  She had many critics and not everything she tried worked but she didn’t let that deter her.  She was a formidable example of what one talented and persistent woman can do.

  1. Describe the incident with the chair in the aisle.

  2. What was her childhood like?

  3. Did she travel much while she was First Lady?

  4. Why did she regret not doing more for the Jews during WWII?

  5. How does the US Immigration policy toward the Jews in WWII compare with today?

  6. What did she do after she left the White House?

Seabold AdminComment