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Eleanor Roosevelt Talks About Peace—Speech

A speech is a talk a person gives to a group of people. Leaders make speechs to tell about their ideas. Today we can still listen to or read speeches that leaders gave long ago. A famous lady named Eleanor Roosevelt gave the speech below 50 years ago.

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There is a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Source: Library of Congress.

“…it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Excerpt from Eleanor Roosevelt's Voice of America radio broadcast, November 11, 1951.


Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She helped children, workers, and families all over the world. She often wrote magazine and newspaper articles and made speeches. The words above were part of a speech Eleanor Roosevelt made on the radio when the country was fighting a war in Korea. She gave the speech on November 11, 1951. This was a holiday celebrating the end of an earlier war.