The UNA-USA History Project
San Francisco, 1945
Eleanor Roosevelt may have been the wife of one of the most popular presidents in the history of the United States, but she pursued her own ambitions in the political arena long before her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was voted first into the governorship in New York and later into the White House.
The UN Association of the USA: A Little-Known History of Advocacy and Action
Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a radio address saying, “There is no such thing as security for any nation — or any individual — in a world ruled by the principles of gangsterism. There is no such thing as impregnable defense against powerful aggressors who sneak up in the dark and strike without warning…. We are going to win the war and we are going to win the peace that follows. And in the dark hours of this day — and through dark days that may be yet to come — we will know that the vast majority of the members of the human race are on our side.” The next day, FDR’s personal secretary received a letter from Clark Eichelberger, the Director of the League of Nations Association, offering the services of his organization and related groups to help the President construct “the organization of the world for peace and justice.”
From “The UN Association–USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action,” chapter one. Read more…