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In 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated his presidential library—the first of its kind—in his hometown of Hyde Park, NY. At the ceremony, Roosevelt spoke of the importance of maintaining “the story of what we have lived and are living today” for future generations of Americans.
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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Freethought Today, August 2002
Eleanor Roosevelt. The First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She supported the New Deal policies of her husband, distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and became an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international author, speaker, politician, and activist.