Inside The Vault: Eleanor Roosevelt, “Four Basic Rights,” and Desegregation

Originally broadcast on August 21, 2020, this session of Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection explores a 1944 letter by Eleanor Roosevelt defending the four basic rights of all Americans and desegregation in war-related industries. Gilder Lehrman curators were joined by Chris Brick from the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and Valerie Gilson, an educator at Xaverian High School in New York City. In our discussion, we demonstrate how text can be manipulated and why it is important to go back to the source.

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    • Eleanor Roosevelt’s letter on the four basic rights of all Americans: 4:40–32:03