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December 15, 2015

The day that Eleanor Roosevelt went down into a coal mine…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:46 am
Eleanor Roosevelt on her way to a coal mine

Eleanor Roosevelt on her way to a coal mine

The day that Eleanor Roosevelt went down into a coal mine is a day that will live in infamy. I was only two years old on that day, so I didn’t hear about it for at least four years after it happened. But believe me, this outrage was still being discussed long after it happened.

You can read about this famous event at

Young people today might have a hard time understanding why Eleanor’s two-mile trip into a coal mine was considered so outrageous. Women didn’t do things like that in 1935. Now there is a good chance that we might have a woman president in the USA.

There is currently an ad for Progressive Insurance in which Flo is pictured as a housewife, back in the old days when women were seen, not heard.  At the end of the commercial, a man says to Flo “Where is your husband?”  That’s what everyone said to Eleanor:  “Where is your husband?”  Very few people knew that Franklin Delano Roosevelt could not walk.

This quote is from the news story:

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Eleanor Roosevelt, a consistent advocate for workers and workers’ rights, on May 21, 1935, shocked the nation — and the editors of the nations’ newspapers — by touring a coal mine.

According to the New York Times, Mrs. Roosevelt “smiling with eagerness as she reached the mine shaft” declined the new pair of overalls provided for her, donned a grey coat and a miner’s hard hat, and headed two miles into the mine. For over an hour and a half she discussed wages and working conditions, safety precautions and mining methods with the four hundred miners, black with coal dust, working in the two-mile stretch. (Many believe she was the first woman ever to go underground in Appalachia, defying both an age-old superstition that it brought bad luck for a woman to go into a coal mine and the equally long-held bias against women in the workplace.)

It is important to this story to also know that back on June 3, 1933, just three months after FDR’s inauguration, a New Yorker magazine cartoon, with an especially cruel caricature of Mrs. Roosevelt, ridiculed the idea that she might ever dare go into a coal mine. Well now she had gone into one, forthrightly, courageously and with great sensitivity for the workers she met.

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So why am I writing about this, you ask?  This illustrates how the world has changed. Yet the story of the Holocaust goes on and on…rarely changing with the times.



  1. OT


    Seventy years ago, the Holocaust ended. Only 11 people who lived through it remain from the world of entertainment. Now, in gripping video testimonials, Oscar winners, actors, Dr. Ruth and even Judy Garland’s hairstylist tell their personal stories, filled with hope and horror, one last time as their themes of genocide, displacement and discrimination continue to resonate today.

    Comment by eah — December 16, 2015 @ 7:05 am

  2. The story you tell is 10 years older than the end of the Holocaust. I’m not sure of your point, especially in bringing up an issue where there are still biases broadly acknowledged despite all the time that’s past since women began entering the workforce in larger numbers. Just as the situation of womens’ wages and treatment in the workplace as a whole is not something that is neatly settled in a box to be placed in a closet of the memory, neither are millions of innocent lives lost less than a century ago, no less in the 10 years AFTER the story you tell of Eleanor Roosevelt…

    Comment by Halli — December 15, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

  3. I find the influence of Eleanor Roosevelt on her husband and US policy interesting .It provides another clue as to historical events . Hitler himself mentions her name in his declaration of war speech of December 1941 . From 4.30 minutes in;

    Comment by peter — December 15, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

  4. The world hasn’t changed and some facts haven’t changed either especially dealing with the Holocaust. The Holocaust still is the biggest scam that ever came down the pike. It has ripped off billions of dollars in reparations from the governments and it continues to spread it lies for over 75 years and many Dumbo goyim haven’t caught on yet.

    Jim Rizoli

    Comment by jrizoli — December 15, 2015 @ 10:25 am

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