Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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The Savvy, Salty Political Saint

Didn't want to fall asleep after reading this great Newsweek piece about a new volume of Eleanor Roosevelt's papers and forget to post about it in the morning.

In allowing us to study her own words, in letters, speeches, columns and diary entries, a different portrait of the much-lionized woman emerges -- one of a pragmatic, savvy politician. While she is remembered as a saintly, long-suffering figure, we can forget she was an indefatigable, disciplined activist -- as historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote, a "tough and salty old lady" -- who resisted stereotyping when she was alive, and constantly protested she was not interested in power while vigorously pursuing it.

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