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The Moral Basis of Democracy - Eleanor Roosevelt, Allida M. Black, Carol Howard Merritt
The Moral Basis of Democracy
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A wartime manifesto on the moral obligations of democratic citizens from the most influential first lady in American history. With the threat of the Third Reich looming, Eleanor Roosevelt employs the history of human rights to establish the idea that at the core of democracy is a spiritual... show more
A wartime manifesto on the moral obligations of democratic citizens from the most influential first lady in American history.

With the threat of the Third Reich looming, Eleanor Roosevelt employs the history of human rights to establish the idea that at the core of democracy is a spiritual responsibility to other citizens. Roosevelt then calls on all Americans, especially the youth, to prioritize the well-being of others and have faith that their fellow citizens will protect them in return. She defines this trust between people as a trait of true democracy.

Roosevelt advances an optimistic model for the democracy of the future, and although we’ve taken some steps in the direction of her vision, it’s still a long way from reality. The issues first addressed in this 1940 essay—namely financial inequality and racial discrimination—are sadly still relevant today, as bigotry continues to undermine our national unity.

Her first publication as first lady, The Moral Basis of Democracy is an honest and heartfelt call for all Americans to choose love and faith over hatred and fear. Roosevelt takes an inspiring stance in defense of democracy, progress, and morality; the wisdom imparted here is timeless, and a must-read for every American.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781504036436 (1504036433)
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 98
Edition language: English
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4.0 THE MORAL BASIS OF DEMOCRACY by Eleanor Roosevelt
The history of democracy starts this book off. It is dry at first. When Mrs. Roosevelt then goes into her idea of democracy and Christianity it gets much better. I like how she corresponds how if we are living a truly Christian life we will think of the greater good of the community instead of th...
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4.0 Review of The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt
A nice, quick read by one of the historical figures I most respect. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote this short book in 1940 as a response to the rise of Fascism and Communism in Europe and Asia. She admits early on that this is not a deep philosophical or academic study, but a simply look at where democracy...
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