The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

Longlist, National Book Awards 2016 for Nonfiction

Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott book cover
ISBN 9780679446521
Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House
Patricia Bell-Scott author photo, credit Anne Yarbourgh
Patricia Bell-Scott

Patricia Bell-Scott is professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science at the University of Georgia. More about this author >

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A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.