Eleanor Roosevelt Thesis

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Allie Poston Rough Draft/Research Paper Eleanor Roosevelt 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…show more content…
At this time he was the Governor of New York and he truly introduced her to the political world and repaid him with her forever love and care. Amy Postan author of “First Ladies” tells of the five children Eleanor and Franklin conceived: Anna Eleanor, James, Elliott, Franklin Delano, and John Aspinwall. As said by T. Youngs in “The Review: Development in and into Service” Eleanor believed that “it was a wife’s duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband.” After the birth of her last child she cut Franklin off from his sexual life by abstaining from sex and sharing another bedroom (Young p 127). This led to an affair between Franklin and Lucy Mercer, a friend and personal secretary for Eleanor. Eleanor discovered the affair in 1918 and was stunned with pain. However, out of her own grief she attained greater sympathy for other sufferers, and she came to believe that the world needed something more than women to perform service as personal acts of domestic work (Vincent p 128). When Eleanor finally became first lady she already had an influential reputation as a woman. She did worry that her position would deprive her of both autonomy and privacy, but by taking part in many projects of her own, she stepped out of her husband’s shadow in the presidency and created a unique role for herself (Vincent p 128). Dearn Goodwin describes in her “Times” article “Eleanor Roosevelt: America’s most Influential First Lady” how she turned her energies to a variety of reformist organizations, joining a circle of postsuffrage feminists dedicated to the abolition of child labor, the establishment of minimum wage and the passage of legislation to protect workers. In this process she discovered she had talents for public speaking, organizing, and for articulating social problems (Goodwin). In 1921 when her dearly loved Franklin was paralyzed by polio, her political activism became an even more vital
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