Eleanor Roosevelt

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A powerful first lady with a strong social agenda and a public identity separate from her husband's: In a week when everyone is talking about Hillary Clinton, host Neal Conan and guests turn the conversation to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Text of the prayer Eleanor Roosevelt carried in her wallet until the day she died:

"Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that somewhere someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask, "Am I worth dying for?"


Allida Black
*Project director and editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers at George Washington University

William Rusher
*Distinguished Fellow of The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy
*Publisher of the National Review from the mid-1950s to 1989

Blanche Wiesen Cook
*Biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt



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