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Eleanor and Hick - The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady-logo

Eleanor and Hick - The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady

Susan Quinn

A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok-a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life-now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after she escaped an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two quickly fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next door to the First Lady. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column "My Day," and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick pushed her to c

A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok-a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life-now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after she escaped an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two quickly fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next door to the First Lady. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column "My Day," and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick pushed her to c
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A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok-a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life-now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after she escaped an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two quickly fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next door to the First Lady. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column "My Day," and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick pushed her to c

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

13h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:05


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:26


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:04


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:10


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:20


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:28


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:52


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:04


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:33


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:54


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:57


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:39


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:19


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:02


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:34


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:29


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:54


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:41


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:23


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:32