The Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's Involvement with the United Nations

No two people are more responsible for the creation and development of the United Nations than Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Through the two great crises of the twentieth century-the Great Depression and World War II-they forged a personal commitment to the construction of a new world body dedicated to the promotion of peace and the establishment of basic human rights for all peoples, "everywhere in the world." It was this commitment-a commitment that found expression in FDR's Four Freedoms and in Eleanor Roosevelt's Universal Declaration on Human Rights-that still stands at the heart of the United Nations today.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and David B. Woolner, Executive Director of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, were our guest speakers sharing the inside story of how this couple influenced history.