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|Title||Anna Louise Strong letter to Eleanor Roosevelt regarding the President's re-election, March 8, 1939|
|Author||Strong, Anna Louise (1885-1970)|
|Notes||In this letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, Anna Louise Strong lists conclusions she's drawn about the contemporary political landscape in America. She feels that "the New Deal forces" have become needlessly defensive, which has alienated a large group of voters who could easily be rallied back into support of the President. Strong suggests that the majority in favor of the New Deal needs to be unified -- that the decision to appoint "reactionary democracts [sic]" to political jobs has only sabotaged the New Deal, and sapped the enthusiasm of political activists. She argues that "the New Deal must go forward aggressively or it will slide back". Strong expresses fears that, "if Wall Street gets control again, under the present world war conditions, they will never let the people express themselves again. Already talk of disfranchising people on relief is widespread. We would move straight into fascism." Strong goes on to say that she's considering remaining in the West, writing columns about how the country has changed during her two decade absence from it. She concludes by telling Roosevelt that a Seattle Councilman, Hugh DeLacy, named one of his infant twins after Eleanor: Strong considers it a good sign of how the Roosevelts are "enthusiastically loved by the people who are fighting for progress."|
Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970) was an American journalist and political activist throughout her life. After spending much of the 1910s working as a progressive advocate for child welfare, she became involved in the labor movement in Seattle, and through that movement increasingly identified herself with international communism. This advocacy, along with her work for the Seattle Union Record, connected her to the events surrounding the Seattle General Strike in 1919. Strong later left Seattle, and spent much of the 1920s and 1930s living in the Soviet Union, meeting with men such as Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin, and writing books about her experiences for Western audiences in an attempt to build support for the USSR. During World War II, she continued to promote the cause of communism, although her support for the Chinese communist movement ultimately alienated her from the government in Moscow, limiting her to one visit to the Soviet Union in the final two decades of her life. She spent most of those years living in the People's Republic of China, befriending Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong, and continuing to publish books and articles in support of communism until the end of her life.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (as well as being the niece of an earlier American president, Theodore Roosevelt). In the 1930s, she had become a prominent advocate for the New Deal and the African-American civil rights movement. During World War II, she became an advocate for the United Nations, and later served as the United States' delegate to the U.N., chairing the commission that composed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970--Correspondence
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962--Correspondence
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
United States--Politics and government--1933-1945
|Geographic Coverage||United States|
|Digital Collection||Pamphlet and Textual Documents Collection|
|Digital ID Number||PAM0387|
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division|
|Repository Collection||Anna Louise Strong papers. Accession No. 1309-001. Box 4/17|
|Physical Description||1 leaf; 28 x 20 cm.|
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original text or image at 150 dpi saved in TIFF format, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm software's JPEG2000 Extension. 2010.|