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1953 [graphic: book dust jacket of India and the Awakening East]Volunteers for the American Association for the United Nations
 
Leads campaign against Bricker Amendment
 
Opposes House American Un-Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings
 
Offers to appear before McCarthy to challenge his accusations and tactics
 
Serves as honorary chair of ADA
 
Criticizes Dulles' leadership; critiques "brinkmanship"
 
Spends five weeks in Japan where she meets with Emperor Hirohito, government ministers, professors, students, women's groups, and those disabled by the atomic bomb
 
Travels to Hong Kong, Turkey, and Greece before visiting Yugoslavia to examine anti-Stalinist communism and interview Josef Broz (Tito)
 
Defends Ralph Bunche against HUAC accusations
 
Becomes close advisor to and fund-raiser for Stevenson
 
Malvina (Tommy) Thompson dies
 
Writes India and The Awakening East, UN: Today and Tomorrow, and "Some of My Best Friends Are Negro"
1954 [graphic: book dust jacket of Ladies of Courage]Champions Brown decision; urges quick integration of public schools
 
Debates Representative Martin Dies
 
Opposes Communist Control Act
 
Addresses WTUL national convention
 
Meets with Haile Selassie in Hyde Park
 
Writes Ladies of Courage (with Lorena Hickok), It Seems to Me, and "Negotiate with Russia: Never Use the H-Bomb."
1955 [ER visiting camp for Jewish children from Morroco enroute to Israel, (Campous, France, 1955)]Supports Montgomery Bus Boycott; appears at Madison Square Garden fund-raiser
 
Tours Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Manilla, Angor Wat and Indonesia with Maureen Corr and Trude Lash, examining political and economic conditions
 
Attends World Federation of United Nations Associations conference
 
Writes United Nations: What You Should Know About It, "In the Service of Truth," and "Social Responsibility for Individual Welfare"
1956 [photo: ER with Rosa Parks and Mrs. H. C. Foster at Civil Rights Rally in New York, 1956]Actively campaigns and fund-raises for Stevenson
 
Refuses to support John Kennedy's quest for Vice-President
 
Chairs Civil Rights Platform Committee for 1956 Democratic convention
 
Addresses 1956 Democratic Convention
 
Supports Powell amendment denying federal funds for construction of segregated schools
 
Debates Margaret Chase Smith on "Face the Nation"
 
Appears on "Meet the Press"
 
Writes "Salute to Montgomery," and "The Right to Vote"
1957 [Image: page from ER's FBI files, 1957]Serves as unofficial member of Democratic Advisory Council
 
Travels to the Soviet Union for the New York Post and interviews Nikita Khrushchev
 
Dulles refuses her request to visit China
 
Visits the newly independent Morocco at request of the sultan
 
Actively supports Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine
 
Attacks Eisenhower's temerity over Little Rock Central High School
 
Urges rejection of jury trial amendment to Civil Rights Bill of 1957
 
Ku Klux Klan places a $25,000 bounty on her head
 
Challenges Democratic Party to adhere to its principles and challenge rather than follow Republican initiatives
 
Writes forewords to 300,000 New Americans: The Epic of a Modern Immigrant-Aid Service, and Youth Aliyah: Past, Present and Future
1958 [photo: ER visiting Highlander Folk School, Tennessee, 1958]Drives through the Klan to deliver workshop at Highlander on civil disobedience
 
Helps launch New York Committee for Democratic Voters (NYCDV)
 
Campaigns against Tammany Hall mayoral and gubernatorial candidates
 
Refuses to abandon Southern Conference Education Fund when it is labeled subversive
 
Intervenes on behalf of two African American boys sentenced in the "Kissing case"
 
Visits Russia with David and Edna Gurewitsch
 
Writes "Of Stevenson, Truman, and Kennedy," On My Own, the third installment of her autobiography, and "Values to Live By"
1959 [photo: ER visiting Prime Minister Ben Gurion, Israel, 1959]Begins television interview show, "Prospects of Mankind," which runs until fall 1962
 
Testifies before Congress in support of minimum wage
 
Debates Truman on liberals' role in Democratic Party
 
Visits Israel and Iran meeting with David Ben-Gurion and other leaders
 
Criticizes Kennedy campaign funding structure
 
Writes "Is America Facing World Leadership?," "What are We For?," "Where I Get My Energy," and "Why I Am Opposed to 'Right to Work' Laws."
1960 [photo:  ER with Senator John F. Kennedy, Val-Kill, 1960]Chairs Draft Stevenson Committee
 
Attends World Federation of United Nations Associations meeting in Warsaw
 
Urges a Stevenson-Kennedy ticket at 1960 Democratic Convention
 
Campaigns for JFK after private meeting with him at Val-Kill and he appears at Harlem civil rights conference
 
Begins teaching foreign policy seminars for Brandeis
 
Defends choice of Robert Kennedy as Attorney General
 
Writes Growing Toward Peace, You Learn By Living, and "My Advice to the Next First Lady"
1961 [photo:  ER at a meeting of the Pres. Commission on the Status of Women]]Urges Kennedy to appoint more women to executive federal positions
 
Serves on Tractors for Freedom Committee (to offset damage of Bay of Pigs raid) and the Advisory Council to the Peace Corps
 
Urges Kennedy to reject Taylor-Rostow Report and take concerns over Vietnam to the UN
 
Chairs President's Commission on the Status of Women (until her death in 1962)
 
Actively assists NYCDV in its successful campaign against Carmine DeSapio and Tammany slate
 
Writes The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, Your Teens and Mine, "A Policy Toward Castro's Cuba," and "What Has Happened to the American Dream?"
1962 [Image: Dust jacket of ER's book, Tomorrow is Now]Supports Freedom Riders
 
At CORE's request, chairs a commission of inquiry into attacks on civil rights workers
 
Tours Israel for fourth time, meeting with Israeli leaders
 
Writes Eleanor Roosevelt's Book of Common Sense Etiquette, "The Teaching Challenge of the Future," and Tomorrow Is Now and forewords to Brutal Mandate: A Journey to South West Africa, The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir and This Is Our Strength: Selected Papers of Golda Meir
 
Dies from complications stemming from tuberculosis, November 7
 
Buried in Hyde Park, November 11