Profile: Allida Black
Allida Black is a Research Professor of History and International Affairs. Black was founding editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a project designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt's writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics.
She directed the editorial team producing The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: Volume I, The Human Rights Years, 1945-1948, (Scribners, January 2008 and University of Virginia Press, 2009). Her other publications include four books — Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism (Columbia University Press, November 1995), 'What I Want to Leave Behind:' Democracy and the Selected Articles of Eleanor Roosevelt (Carlson Publishing, April 1995); Courage In A Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt (Columbia University Press, 1999), and with Jewel Fenzi, Democratic Women: An Oral History of the Women's National Democratic Club (WNDC Educational Foundation, 2000) — as well as a variety of articles. Oxford University Press will publish Human Rights: Pages from History in 2009 and E.R.: Eleanor Roosevelt, Politics and the Dream of Democracy in 2011.
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