two staff members who were exploring unidentified material in the
basement of the University of Manitoba Library came across a 2 1/2
record set of 78s. These 78s are a live recording of an acceptance
speech given by Eleanor Roosevelt during the awarding of her honorary
degree by the University of Manitoba fifty years ago on March 1, 1949.
Click on the links at right to hear her speech.
In his speech introducing Eleanor Roosevelt, University of Manitoba
President Gillson remarked: "Throughout her life she has constructed
a career in the field of social service which has entailed travelling
many hundreds of thousands of miles, writing well more than a million
words, giving innumerable lectures on the platform and over the
radio, becoming in the deepest sense the first lady of the United
States." She was the American delegate to the UN General Assembly
meetings held in Paris in 1948 and Chair of the United Nations Commission
on Human Rights in 1949. She was also the widow of deceased President
of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Once when asked what
was her greatest fear, her reply was: "My greatest fear has always
been that I would be afraid - physically, mentally or morally, and
allow myself to be influenced by fear instead of by my honest convictions."
to the address in RealPlayer
Eleanor's speech begins with her observations of the relations between
Canada and the United States.
She directs her comments to the students and the returned student
Veterans and their role in preventing war in the future.
She talks about the devastation of war and its physical effects.
Comparing physical destruction with mental destruction, Eleanor
again asks the Veterans to help in ensuring that war does not occur
Eleanor talks about the roles of the United Nations and governments
in achieving peace.
Her final remarks are to the students and the value of education.