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Hillary Clinton Communes With Hero Eleanor Roosevelt At Hyde Park

Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton tours the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park recently. She was the guest of historian, author, and museum trustee Allida Black, who is standing to the former secretary of state's left.
Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton tours the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park recently. She was the guest of historian, author, and museum trustee Allida Black, who is standing to the former secretary of state's left. Photo Credit: FDR Presidential Library

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Hillary Clinton recently spent some time in Hyde Park with her personal hero, Eleanor Roosevelt -- only this meeting between the former first ladies took place in the academic realm.

The longtime Chappaqua resident was the guest of historian and author Allida Black, who led a tour of the archives at the FDR Library and Museum.

The former senator, secretary of state, and two-time presidential hopeful viewed both iconic and unexpected documents from the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

Black, a research professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is a trustee at the historic site. She is also a Hillary Clinton fan

Black was the founding editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a 3 million page collection “designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt's writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics,” according to the university.

Black has also published several books about Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving first lady.

She was also its most revolutionary. The activist, journalist, and diplomat held her own press conferences, traveled around the country to see living and labor conditions for herself, and wasn’t shy about letting her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt, know when she disagreed with him.

Clinton and Black also discussed Roosevelt's life and work as they toured the museum and later visited Vall-Kill, the icon’s stone cottage in Hyde Park, now a historic site.

Critics had lampooned Clinton after Bob Woodward revealed in his 1996 book, "The Choice," that she had held imaginary conversations with Roosevelt while in the White House.

Clinton herself wrote about it, saying she had communed with Roosevelt , who had died in 1962 at the age of 78, about the role of a first lady.

"She usually responds by telling me to buck up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros," Clinton said in her newspaper column.

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