Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a honest person

who had responsibility and compassion towards her

husband , family and her fellow man, whatever their social

status. She used great citizenship and initiative actions in

dealing with anyone who was fortunate enough to make her

acquaintance. Eleanor Roosevelt is an outspoken advocate

of social justice. During the years she has taken over a lot

of responsibility. For someone who spent thefirst third of

her life as shy and timid, she showed great courage once

she was thrust into the presidential "spotlight". Most

Americans considered her a true "American Hero".

"Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, I now

announce the presence of our first lady of the United

States, Eleanor Roosevelt", is something similar to what

you would hear when being addressed at a press

conference or important meetings. She was a well

respected human being, achieving great duties and

responsibility in life. She was appointed by President John

F. Kennedy to be on the first peace corps advisory board.

She was such an active lady while her husband was in

office that she was no longer willing to stay quietly in the

background of her husband. She took a job as an editor

and advertising manager of a monthly publication " The

Women's Democratic News" where she became more

independent towards herself and work. Eleanor Roosevelt

became very involved in women issues, being that she also

joined the newly organized Women's division of the New

York State Democratic party and moved swiftly into

positions of leadership. Not only was she responsible

among organizations and people, she later became her

husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt's eyes and ears, dedicating

her life to his purposes, being a trusted and tireless

reporter. One of the reasons she did become so helpful

towards her husbands career was besides the fact that she

was the first lady, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with

a disease called polio and caused him to be permanently

crippled in August of 1921. She then became even more

loyal to him and our country having to deal with people

from different nations, organizations and positions. While

the President struggled to regain the use of his legs, Eleanor

Roosevelt and Louis Howe joined forces to keep his

political and business contacts alive. She became a

powerful voice for youth employment and civil rights

forblacks and women. No first lady has been more visible

and outspoken than Eleanor Roosevelt. Perseverance, was

another great quality of Eleanor Roosevelt. From the time

she was a little girl she had to persevere. Both her parents

were considered to be handsome and gay socialite among

New York society. She was a very plain, shy insecure

child, who knew that she was neither pretty nor graceful

and that she was a disappointment to her beautiful mother.

Although she was the apple of her father's eye, he

disapproved of her being afraid and timid. Her father was

an alcoholic and was away from the family a lot as he tried

to straighten out his life. Her mother died when she was

only eight years old of diphtheria, and her father died when

she was ten. She was raised by her maternal grandmother

who was very strict and most of her education was by

tutors.( In accordance to her mothers wishes, her

grandmother sent her to a private school in England when

she was fifteen. It was here that Eleanor started to blossom

and become a person in her own right. Upon her return to

New York, she had her debut into New York Society in

1902. In 1903 she became reacquainted with her distant

cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt whom she knew from

childhood. Eleanor and Franklin fell in love and were

married in 1905, despite his mother's opposition. Sara

Delano Roosevelt was a domineering person who ran

Eleanor's household as if it were her...
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