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Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. Roosevelt was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, she had an unhappy childhood, having suffered the deaths of both parents and one of her brothers at a young age. At 15, she attended Allenwood Academy in London and was influenced by its headmistress Marie Souvestre. Returning to the U. S. she married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. The Roosevelts' marriage was complicated from the beginning by Franklin's controlling mother and after Eleanor discovered her husband's affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, she resolved to seek fulfillment in leading a public life of her own.

She persuaded Franklin to stay in politics after he was stricken with a paralytic illness in 1921, which cost him the normal use of his legs, began giving speeches and appearing at campaign events in his place. Following Franklin's election as Governor of New York in 1928, throughout the remainder of Franklin's public career in government, Roosevelt made public appearances on his behalf, as First Lady, while her husband served as President, she reshaped and redefined the role of First Lady. Though respected in her years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness on civil rights for African-Americans, she was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, speak at a national party convention. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies, she launched an experimental community at Arthurdale, West Virginia, for the families of unemployed miners widely regarded as a failure.

She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, the rights of World War II refugees. Following her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics for the remaining 17 years of her life, she became its first delegate. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. By the time of her death, Roosevelt was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world". In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884, in Manhattan, New York City, to socialites Anna Rebecca Hall and Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt. From an early age she preferred to be called by Eleanor. Through her father, she was a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Through her mother, she was a niece of tennis champions Valentine Gill "Vallie" Hall III and Edward Ludlow Hall. Her mother nicknamed her "Granny". Anna was somewhat ashamed of her daughter's plainness. Roosevelt had two younger brothers: Hall, she had a half brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, through her father's affair with Katy Mann, a servant employed by the family. Roosevelt was born into a world of immense wealth and privilege, as her family was part of New York high society called the "swells", her mother died from diphtheria on December 7, 1892, Elliott Jr. died of the same disease the following May. Her father, an alcoholic confined to a sanitarium, died on August 14, 1894, after jumping from a window during a fit of delirium tremens, he died from a seizure. Roosevelt's childhood losses left her prone to depression throughout her life, her brother Hall suffered from alcoholism. Before her father died, he implored her to act as a mother towards Hall, it was a request she made good upon for the rest of Hall's life.

Roosevelt doted on Hall, when he enrolled at Groton School in 1907, she accompanied him as a chaperone. While he was attending Groton, she wrote him daily, but always felt a touch of guilt that Hall had not had a fuller childhood, she took pleasure in Hall's brilliant performance at school, was proud of his many academic accomplishments, which included a master's degree in engineering from Harvard. After the deaths of her parents, Roosevelt was raised in the household of her maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Ludlow of the Livingston family in Tivoli, New York; as a child, she was insecure and starved for affection, considered herself the "ugly duckling". However, Roosevelt wrote at 14 that one's prospects in life were not dependent on physical beauty: "no matter how plain a woman may be if truth and loyalty are stamped upon her face all will be attracted to her."Roosevelt was tutored and with the encouragement of her aunt Anna "Bamie" Roosevelt, she was sent to Allenswood Academy at the age of 15, a private finishing school in Wimbledon, outside London, where she was educated from 1899 to 1902.

The headmistress, Marie Souvestre, was a noted educator who sought to cultivate independe

Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes (Little & Big)

Birds, Bugs & Fishes is a 1998 compilation album by Pete Seeger and was released on Smithsonian Folkways as SFW45039. This collection is a compilation of 28 songs and stories about animals Pete Seeger released in 1955 on two short LP records on Folkways Records as Birds, Beasts and Little Fishes and Birds, Beasts and Bigger Fishes as Folkways FC 7610 and FC 7611. Notes Tracks 1-15 is Birds, Bugs And Little Fishes Tracks 16-28 is Birds, Bugs And Bigger Fishes Production coordinator – Mary Monseur, Michael Maloney Mastered – Charlie Pilzer Editorial assistance – Carla Borden, Peter Seitel Producer – Moses Asch Remastered – Joe Brescio Audio supervised – Pete Reiniger Production supervised – Amy Horowitz and Anthony Seeger

The Story Keepers

The Story Keepers is an animated Christian video series created by Andrew Melrose and Brian D. Brown, produced by Zondervan in 1997 in America and Ireland, it tells the story of a Christian leader, his wife, five orphaned children living in Rome, Italy after the Great Fire of Rome whose mission is to keep Jesus's stories alive during the 1st century while they have adventures. The series consists of thirteen episodes, features two full length movies that are compilations of the last four episodes; the introduction to each episode before the opening credits is as follows: "Rome, 64 AD. The Emperor Nero has unleashed his fury against the Christians, their crime: proclaiming a King higher than Caesar. Setting fire to the city, Nero places the blame on the Christians, launches a new campaign to wipe them out. Families are separated, children left homeless, as thousands are sold into slavery or thrown to the lions. Escaping the panic of the fire, dodging the advancing soldiers, a group of children find shelter in the gentle care of Ben and Helena.

Here the children discover an amazing secret network of daring men and women, who risk their lives to help one another, to tell the stories of the great storyteller, the one called Jesus. And so awaiting the day when their parents will return, Cyrus and Marcus, embark on an adventure of a lifetime, together with Ben and their friends, in the Christian underground, their mission. To keep the stories of Jesus alive; this is their story. They are The Story Keepers!" Benjamin bar Simeon, called Ben for short, is a 37-year-old Jewish baker and underground church priest. He grew up in Galilee, where as a boy he watched as Jesus use his lunch in the feeding of the 5,000, he was forced to emigrate to Rome. He and his wife Helena foster five children who were separated from their parents in the infamous fire of July 19, 64 AD. At first, Ben's church remains a well kept secret, he achieves the status of Nero's official baker, which comes in handy on more than one occasion; when he is discovered to be a Christian leader, he is arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

He is saved by Capella with. Upon escaping Rome for Shem Hadar, Ben is captured along with a former centurion named Tacticus and forcibly marched across the desert without water, he is rescued by his family, settles in Shem Hadar, where he continues pastoring his church. Helena bar Simeon, 30, is Ben's soft spoken wife, she is a leader in Ben's underground church, a mother figure to the children she and Ben have taken in. She is just as skilled as Ben in baking and telling stories, it is she who leads the church in Ben's absence, she has never been to Israel herself, but her parents once passed through Nazareth. At one point and three of the children are trapped in the bakery as Nihilus sets it on fire in an attempt to flush Ben out of hiding, they are rescued when Ben and the servants of the local miller tunnel into the bakery from the catacombs. When Ben is captured by Nero's soldiers, it is Helena who plans and leads the rescue operation, arranges the church's escape from Rome, she and the kids are captured in the process, but they escape with the help of Capella, one of Nero's centurions.

When Ben and Tacticus are captured again by Nihilus in the desert on the way to Shem Hadar, Helena helps track and rescue them. Zakkai, called Zak for short, is a 17-year-old, living with Ben and Helena, his late father was a leader among the Jewish zealots, Zak has, in his own way, taken up that fight. His uncle Mordecai a zealot leader, once traveled to Rome to see him, he gave Zak an amulet of the Star of David, the symbol of the Jewish nation, saying that the amulet once belonged to Zak's father. It was a symbol of Zak's own coming-of-age. Zak is hot-headed, gets himself into trouble with the Roman soldiers, his zealous attitude once got. In spite of Tacticus' help in escaping Nero at one point, Zak is reluctant to trust the centurion. Though he comes to accept Tacticus as a member of the gang; when a miller betrays Ben and nearly gets Helena and the children killed, Zak confronts the miller, sword in hand. Zak is suspicious, refusing to trust an old trail guide with whom Ben and his family travel on two occasions.

He's very sarcastic, making fun of the guide for talking to his horse. Zak's faith is rewarded. Justin ben Judah, played by Adam Wylie, is the 12-year-old son of a Jewish carpenter named Joshua ben Judah, he lived with his family in Rome until the persecution that followed the outbreak of the fire on July 18. Justin did not always get along with his brother Marcus, he became jealous. Justin dared Marcus to ride down the hill; this resulted in Marcus getting dumped out of the chariot, Justin getting lectured for his irresponsibility. When the boys were separated from their parents, Justin claimed guardianship of Marcus, became protective of him. After Ben and Helena took the boys in, Justin still took care of his brother, displaying a lot more patience and maturity than he had before the fire. Ben sees a future church leader in Justin, at one point offers him an opportunity to tell the story at a church meeting. Justin, however, is afraid of speaking in public, he overcomes this fear though, when he tells some Christian prisoners the story of Jesus' trial before Pilate.

He searches harder for his parents than the other kids, persuading Ben at one point to a