“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": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's UN: Today and Tomorrow; Signed by Her

  • UN: Today and Tomorrow.

UN: Today and Tomorrow.


Item Number: 22053

New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1953.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with very light rubbing to the extremities. Rare signed.

In December 1945, President Harry S. Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. In April 1946, she became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 in the midst of the Cold War. Many people contributed to this achievement, but most observers believe that the UN Commission on Human Rights, which drafted the Declaration, would not have succeeded in reaching agreement without the leadership of the Commission’s chair: Eleanor Roosevelt. Roosevelt herself regarded her role in drafting and securing adoption of the Declaration as her greatest achievement.

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