Rough Draft/Research Paper
The world was blessed with the magnificent Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on October 11, 1884, and couldn’t even begin to imagine all the wonderful things this little angel was destined for. Eleanor Roosevelt lived a sad and lonely childhood after the lose of both parents, later had to live an open personal life, dealt with the stress of a famous political husband, bared five children, dealt with an affair between her husband and friend, soon after discovered her husband was stricken with polio, and became the United States most influential first lady, this woman conquered many high personal goals and proved countless people wrong with her ambition. During her lifetime she amassed more citations, badges, medals, adulation, and heartfelt tributes than any other American woman. Eleanor Roosevelt not only became a popular role model for women across the country but set the stage for future first ladies of the United States.
At the age of eight and then ten Eleanor lost her beloved parents, Elliot Roosevelt and Anna Hall, her unloving, conservative grandmother was left to care for young Eleanor. Fran Burke, professor at Suffolk University, states she grew up full of fears of dogs, horses, snakes, the dark, being buried alive, being scolded, and being disliked because of her back brace. At the age of fifteen her grandmother enrolled her in Allenwood, and English boarding school where she learned “right should be right for right’s sake, not for reward or through fear of punishment.” In 1902, now eighteen years of age, her grandmother requested Eleanor return home to New York and become a dutiful debutante (Burke p 367). America was changing rapidly at this time with dynamic technology advances, trouble with immigration, urbanization, and industrialization. She chose to finish her education by moving through the streets of New York City, in the settlement houses, sweatshops, and in the city’s commercial...