Eleanor Roosevelt

Speculating on Presidential Sexuality & the first Lesbian First Lady

As early as 1802, when journalist James Callendar first published snide suggestions that President Thomas Jefferson was conducting something of a romance and sexual relationship with African-American Sally Hemings, who was enslaved by him, there has been no hesitation by… Read More ›

The Road to Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech: The First Ladies & Candidates’ Wives Before Her

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, set to nominate her husband President Barack Obama for a second term. Stirring, emotional yet tacked by details of her own life and her husband’s… Read More ›

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Mysteriously Missing Grandfather & was she part-Italian?

Despite her being born forty-five years before Jacqueline Kennedy, there is a similar pattern in the story of Eleanor Roosevelt‘s Irish immigrant heritage.  It illustrates less the shame of humble origin than how the power of incredible wealth can lead people… Read More ›