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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeso close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

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Source Notes: Source: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, remarks at presentation of booklet on human rights, In Your Hands, to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, United Nations, New York, March 27, 1958.United Nations typescript of statements at presentation .This quotation, lacking the final sentence, was used by Adlai E. Stevenson in 1963 on his Christmas card.

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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 November 7, 1962) was an American human rights activist, stateswoman, journalist, educator, author, and diplomat. As the wife of President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. An active First Lady, she traveled around the United States promoting the New Deal and visited troops at the frontlines during World War II. She was a first-wave Feminist (but opposed the Equal Rights Amendment), and actively supported the American Civil Rights Movement.

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