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Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok (who will be referenced as ER and Hickok) initially met in 1928, when Hickok, who was reporting for the Associated Press, landed the “first formal interview with Eleanor Roosevelt on November 7, the day after FDR won election as governor of New York” (Golay 1). Both women had experienced betrayal in their personal relationships during the previous decades. As Rodger Streitmatter notes in his 1998 collection of edited letters between ER and Hickok, Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, “Eleanor had discovered [in her mid-thirties] that her husband, FDR, was having an affair and had agreed to continue the marriage—but not sexual relations with [him]” (Streitmatter xx). Ironically, ER discovered FDR’s infidelity by “stumbl[ing] upon a packet of lightly scented [hidden] letters that documented [FDR’s] affair with the very young and very beautiful Lucy Page Mercer” (Streitmatter 1). 7 Hickok’s betrayal came from the abandonment of her live-in companion of eight years, Ellie Morse, a woman from a very wealthy family who had dropped out of Wellesley College to work at the Minneapolis Tribute, where she met Hickok (Streitmatter xix). 8 In the summer of 1932, Hickok was assigned to FDR’s Presidential Campaign, though, as Michael Golay describes in America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal, Hickok “found herself G&v&RFFP6FFF^( 2vfRFFFR6FFFR6Vn( 2FRvVw&Wr66W"FR&W77W&R`VvvƖrV&Ɩ2W&Ɨ7F2GWFW2vFw&vrF7&VvFFRG2FB6FV6FVBFVfRFR766FVB&W7232U"'&vVBf"''2g&VBbFP&W6FV7BVBbFRfVFW&VW&vV7&VƖVbF֖7G&F( FffW"6"06VbfW7FvF"f"FRvV7( 7G&VFGFW"32vW&R6v276vVBFG&fV&V@FR6VG'F&W'BV6֖26FF2BdU$7FGW2f&W26FW2pW&6W"v2666V7&WF'FU"( ĖFB66GW&6W%VVBU"vFFR66&ƖvF0766FVBvFW"6F27W6RbFR767FB6V7&WF'bFRgvVV6W76'W&6W%66W'fVB0FRWG&vBFR&6WfVG>( FW"'FW>( ( V7vRW&6W"'WFW&gW&B( 3C( Ғࣀ'6R( g&vFVVB'6( 56&2FW&W76BVFf&RW2BvƶVBWB#n( Т7G&VFGFW"B( &VWvVBW"7VF6RvF6FBg&VBg&֖VƗ2F6R672GvVGV'2V&ƖW"BFVVVBvF( Vfr6( Ɩ6&W>( 7G&VFGFW"B࣐6v2&VBFG&fV&VB( FR6VG'FvVvRFRVffV7FfVW72bFRF( 2&VƖVb&w&2@FVw&FRFWFVB&W'G2W"fFw2f"''2FVFgrv6&w&2vW&Rv&r@v6vW&RN( 7G&VFGFW"3B6( 2&VƖVb&w&&W'G2BV&Ɩ26V6FvW&R6VBFU"( vgFV6vVBFVFg&ƖvgFV&VBFVWBVBB6&WBVWFw2( FR&W'G2ffW&VBfW'FffW&VBW'7V7FfRBFRFFR6V6B6WBbvW2FB6&VwV&ǒ66VB( BFRVBbFPFBgFVvRǖr&VN( FU"7G&WFGFW"3B7G&VFGFW"FW2FB( Ŷ%WGvVVG&2&VBFR6VG'3p