Unpretentious Eleanor Roosevelt gave flashy JFK debating tips

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ERtoJFKside1Fifty-four years ago, the Kennedy-Nixon debate ushered in a new era of American politics on television. Among those watching was former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who the next day wrote a letter to then-Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts calling it “a milestone for TV and a really good way to campaign.” Continue reading

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The littlest Republican: How Shirley Temple pranked Eleanor Roosevelt

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First lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits Shirley Temple on a Hollywood sound stage in 1938.

There was a story that Shirley Temple Black, then a U.S. ambassador, enjoyed telling on chat shows in the 1970s to prove how she’d always been a Republican.

It was 1938. Shirley was 10 and for the third year the biggest box office star when the Roosevelts invited her to a barbecue at their family home, Hyde Park. Continue reading

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