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Library and Archives Canada 395 Wellington St.
6:30pm

Book Launch: Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons

With Charlotte Gray
Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal 

Book Launch: Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons

With Charlotte Gray
Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal 
12
Tuesday
Sep
2023
6:30pm
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St.
Charlotte Gray - Photo by Michelle Valberg

Presented in Partnership with Library and Archives Canada 

 

Join us for the launch of Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons: The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt by award-winning historian Charlotte Gray.

 

CBC’s Alan Neal hosts a conversation with the author on this captivating dual biography of two famous women whose sons would change the course of the 20th century.

 

Born into upper-class America in the same year, 1854, Sara Delano (later to become the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Jennie Jerome (later to become the mother of Winston Churchill) refused to settle into predictable, sheltered lives as little-known wives to prominent men. Instead, both women concentrated their energies on enabling their sons to reach the epicentre of political power on two continents.

 

In the mid-19th century, the British Empire was at its height, France’s Second Empire flourished, and the industrial vigor of the United States of America was catapulting the republic towards the Gilded Age. Sara and Jennie, raised with privilege but subject to the constraints of women’s roles at the time, learned how to take control of their destinies—Sara in the prosperous Hudson Valley, and Jennie in the glittering world of Imperial London.

 

Set against one hundred years of history, Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons is a study in loyalty and resilience. Gray argues that Jennie and Sara are too often presented as lesser figures in the backdrop of history rather than as two remarkable individuals who were key in shaping the characters of the sons who adored them and in preparing them for leadership on the world stage.

 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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