The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt's Historic Broadcasts by Stephen Drury Smith (Editor)

The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt's Historic Broadcasts by Stephen Drury Smith (Editor)

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In her time, Eleanor Roosevelt redefined the role of First Lady, and one of the ways she did so was through her constant public communication with the U.S. citizens.

Eleanor Roosevelt's groundbreaking career as a professional radio broadcaster is almost entirely forgotten.

As First Lady, she hosted a series of prime time programs that revolutionized how Americans related to their President and his family. Now, The First Lady of Radio rescues these broadcasts from the archives, presenting a carefully curated sampling of transcripts of Roosevelt's most famous and influential radio shows. This book is both a historical treasure and a fascinating window onto the power and the influence of a pioneering First Lady.

On the afternoon of December 7, 1941, as a stunned nation gathered around the radio to hear the latest about Pearl Harbor, Eleanor Roosevelt was preparing for her weekly Sunday evening national radio program. At 6:45 p.m., listeners to the NBC Blue network heard the First Lady’s calm, measured voice explain that the president was conferring with his top advisors to address the crisis. It was a remarkable broadcast. With America on the verge of war, the nation heard first not from their president, but from his wife.