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Eleanor Roosevelt Speaking on Penn Craft

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After visiting this cooperative community created by 50 families of unemployed industrial workers, the First Lady says that it demonstrates the Quaker belief that most people really want to work out their own problems and—given the chance—will react in the most responsible way. She encourages her audience to write to AFSC in Philadelphia to learn more about philosophy of this “self-help technique.” Roosevelt considered Penn Craft “more than just an experiment,” offering deep meaning for every area of social and economic life around the world. At the end of her brief talk, she relates the philosophy of self-help to the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, a document that she worked on for years.