Eleanor Roosevelt: “In Your Hands”

(1958)

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Explanation and Analysis of the Documents

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman appointed Roosevelt as a delegate to the UN General Assembly. In April 1946, Roosevelt became the first chairperson of the preliminary UN Commission on Human Rights, tasked with drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout the drafting process, Roosevelt insisted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be as clear as it was thorough. If people could not understand it, it could not move...