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Thread #155578 Message #3660979
Posted By: Don Firth
16-Sep-14 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Subject: RE: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Yeah, Bill, as I said (or as the series says), the family was highly flawed and they all had their hang-ups. Eleanor was a fairly lousy mother, but she never had much of an example. Both of her parents died when she was quite young. But she was well educated and made one helluva First Lady. When she discovered that Franklin was playing around with another woman, she redefined herself and became a political companion and helper to Franklin rather than a wife, and let him go his own way domestically.
Fascinating! Rather like watching the activities of Renaissance royal families. Epic!
But so much of it is still highly relevant today.
I also remember my mother crying when FDR died. And my father was pretty downcast. I was thirteen at the time.