In December 1945, President Harry S. Truman appointed Eleanor as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and the following April, she became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights, playing an important part in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She stayed on at
that position until 1953.
In early 1952, she undertook a personal tour through the Middle East, southern Asia, and the Pacific from February through
the end of March. She stayed in India for a month, and from that
experience wrote “India and the Awakening East,” in which she celebrated
India’s first general elections as an independent nation:
“Though India has far to go, she has made a determined and inspired
beginning. This new democracy seems to evoke the kind of passionate
devotion among its leaders that our forefathers had for the democratic
government they were establishing here. Perhaps this is one of the great
contributions the young democracies can make to the older ones such as
ours. We have grown stale; we are inclined to take everything for
granted. We find it hard to go to vote if it means we have to walk a
considerable distance or if, because of the crowds, we have to stand in
line to cast our ballots…”
The Marshall Plan(1947) was an initiative launched by the USA to try and rebuild Western Europe, it was offered to Eastern Europe but Stalin didn’t allow the satellites to take any as he was suspicious of the US’ intentions.