Eleanor Roosevelt

Former First lady, Former Politician, and Inspirer

Early Life~

On October 11,1884 Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a troubled family that lived in New York City. When she was eight years old, her mother died and her father had been put into a sanitarium due to alcohol related issues. She and her two older brothers were sent to live with their grandmother in New York. Her grandmother didn't allow them to have contact with anyone but her other family members. Later after Roosevelt finished schooling her cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt, began dating her. In the March of 1905 they got married. Franklin's mother didn't understand Roosevelt's struggle to control her shyness. Together Franklin and Eleanor had six children, one of which who died as an infant.

Getting Involved~

When her husband got a polio attack, she stepped up to help him with his political career. Roosevelt was trying to secure women's opportunities, she then became the spokeswoman for groups of Americans such as working women, blacks, youth, and tenant farmers. Due to Franklin's "New Deal" efforts to counter the Great Depression tended to neglect this groups. She criticized racial mistreatment and tried to help black Americans on to path to a full citizenship. Due to this the African Americans now had a reason to feel that the Federal government was interested in their troubles. She really did change the role of being the First Lady.
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Choices and Results~

Also while she was the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt held scheduled conferences that only female journalists were able to attend. Due to this, major presses hired more woman so they wouldn't miss any important information. After her husband died in 1945 she was elected chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. They were given the responsibility of writing the Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted in 1948 mainly due to Eleanor's efforts. Her hard work helped create a document that has been set a standard of individual rights for countries internationally. Roosevelt's uncompromising belief in the in the value of all human are shown in the straightforward language of this document.
Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Speech - Archival Footage

In her words~

"Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression"

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Words for her~

"I'm not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too. Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running."

~Harold Ford, Jr.

"I learned the power of radio watching Eleanor Roosevelt do her show. I used to go up to Hyde Park and hold her papers. i was just a messenger, but it planted the bug of radio in me."

~Allen Funt

"Until Eleanor Roosevelt, there was only one or two First Ladies in all of American history who made an impact, who people could even have recognized or identified. And it's really only been since Jackie Kennedy that there's been this idea that the family life of the president is such a central thing."

~Gail Collins


In 1962 Eleanor Roosevelt died of a rare form of tuberculosis in Hyde City, New York. She has forever changed the role of the First lady. She was the first woman to hold a Cabinet Position. Roosevelt brought about changes to many groups of people and helped write the Declaration of Human Rights. She will always be remembered as a great woman and as a leader.

Annotated Bibliography ~

I choose this source because it was a video that provided great info about what she did.

. Ed. Anne Commire. Detroit: Gale, 1994. . Web. 8 May 2016.
I choose this source because it had a lot of great information about her life.

. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 5: 1940-1949. Detroit: Gale, 2004.. Web. 8 May 2016.
I choose this photo because it showed her Declaration. Not only that, it shows her looking back at her accomplishment

. Detroit: Gale, 2010. . Web. 8 May 2016.