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March 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm

CNN Quotes Jellison on Melania Trump Coronavirus PSAs

Katherine Jellison, portrait

Dr. Katherine Jellison

CNN quotes Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor & Chair of History at Ohio University, in a story headlined “Melania Trump to appear in public health PSAs on coronavirus.”

“I think this would be a great time to remind Americans about the ‘Be Best’ campaign,” said Katherine Jellison, a professor of history at Ohio University and an expert on first ladies. “She could remind the public, especially youngsters, that in times of stress, kind words to one another are a national duty. Especially at a time when family members are by necessity spending more time with one another, the best thing that everyone can do is be nice to one another.”

During World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt wore her Red Cross uniform and visited military hospitals across the U.S. and overseas, Jellison, the Ohio University professor, said.

“She wrote the script to a newsreel film asking women to do their part for the war effort — in the factories, in the military, etc. — and had her friend Katharine Hepburn serve as narrator. She used her frequent radio broadcasts and her daily newspaper column to promote wartime themes,” said Jellison. “These were just some of Mrs. Roosevelt’s wartime activities. She seemed to be everywhere and doing everything.”

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