The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953
Book - 2009
Isabella Greenway, business woman, rancher and Arizona’s first congresswoman, formed a remarkable, 50-year friendship with first lady and social reforme...Show more
Isabella Greenway, business woman, rancher and Arizona’s first congresswoman, formed a remarkable, 50-year friendship with first lady and social reformer Eleanor Roosevelt. Although they spent much of their adult lives separated by a continent (Greenway left New York for the Southwest as a young bride) the two remained friends. These are the letters born of that friendship, in which they discuss their children and domestic matters, reveal lives overflowing with challenges and share their joys and sorrows. Greenway and Roosevelt also blazed trails into the all-male world of politics and corresponded about national and world affairs, about which they did not always agree. The letters contain their share of gossip as well and the authors identify hundreds of the individuals referred to, often including vignettes about them. We can only wonder how these busy, busy women found time to write.