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ER: The People's Advocate

This exhibit by Jonian Rafti ('15) looks at how Mrs. Roosevelt redefined the role of her position as First Lady. The American people had, in the White House, a passionate advocate that was better attuned and connected to the public than many other lawmakers in Washington. What was extraordinary about ER's advocacy work was both her choice to do such work, and the matters she tackled. Both during her time as First Lady, and during the years after FDR’s death, ER devoted herself to the betterment of society. She was a keen, pragmatic idealist.

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