December 2, 2021

In this issue: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Countdown to Pearl Harbor; FDR and Polio; International Human Rights Day; and a Big Three Countess Mara tie.

Everyone Has the Right: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
December 8, 2021
2pm ET
The FDR Library and Pare Lorentz Center premiere their new animated film telling the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's leadership in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations. FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow will discuss her role, the historic significance of this document, and talk to the filmmakers.

December 10 is International Human Rights Day.
Eleanor Roosevelt, illustration by Richard Prouse
From June 2017:

FDR wrote a letter to the Emperor of Japan to prevent further death and destruction in the world on Dec 6, 1941. It did not reach his hands before the attack on Pearl Harbor, but Japan had already chosen its course. Author Steve Twomey examines the 12 days leading up to the attack. Broadcast by CSPAN. (Video, 43:57 minutes)

December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


FDR was privileged to enjoy his summers at the Campobello Island family cottage that was purchased by his parents in New Brunswick, Canada. It was at this site that FDR manifested the symptoms of “the insidious and deadly enemy” known as infantile paralysis.

The United Nations recognizes December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

A speech by Eleanor Roosevelt for a TV Program talking about the fostering of International Human Rights Day. Archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library. (Video, 2:41 minutes)

A navy blue necktie with caricatures in white of the "Big Three" – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill. The Countess Mara maker's insignia – CM – is at the bottom of the tie, flanked on each side with silhouettes in white of the Statue of Liberty.

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FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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