Winston Churchill's roots were British and American. He was uniquely placed to stand up for the shared values of freedom and liberty so nearly lost in those dark days of 1940. Churchill's beautiful and captivating mother, Jennie Jerome, born in Brooklyn in 1854, was a New Yorker through and through. She met Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill in a whirlwind romance, and they married against both parents' wishes. But she was no social butterfly. She cultivated an amazing personal network, and she left no stone unturned in her determination to advance her eldest son's career. Less known but no less striking are her personal roles: providing relief to sufferers during the Irish famine; nursing the wounded in the Boer War, for which she organized her own hospital ship; and, in the First World War, helping to run hospitals. She had passion, grit and determination to improve her society, and there can be no doubt that today she would be one of the great political power brokers. But working within the constraints of her time, she sought to influence through others.
Randolph Churchill, with help from his sister Jennie - her great-great-grandmother's namesake - will bring light and focus on this remarkable woman and the role she played in the Churchill story.
The Tina Santi Flaherty-Winston Churchill Literary Series