Book Talk by Brigid O'Farrell Write up

Submitted by LHRC on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:55

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Teamsters Labor history Research Center welcomed independent scholar Brigid O’Farrell who spoke about her book She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker (Cornell Press, 2010).  Brigid reviewed Mrs. Roosevelt’s life concentrating on how she translated her commitment to the welfare of American workers into action.  She spoke about Mrs. Roosevelt’s labor friendships, especially with Rose Schneiderman and A. Philip Randolph, her early association with the settlement house movement and the Women’s Trade Union League and her pro-labor journalism.  Brigid noted that Eleanor Roosevelt was particularly active in her post-White House years, emphasizing her role in bringing labor rights into the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The discussion that followed Brigid’s talk was wide-ranging with spirited commentary on the recent film “Hyde Park on Hudson”.  About 30-35 people attended the book talk coming mainly from the George Washington University and greater Washington DC communities.