Jackie Robinson & Eleanor Roosevelt

By Natalie S. and Caela Dalia

What is Poverty?

  • Poverty is when you are extremely poor
  • When Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt decided to try to fix this problem, things that were happening consisted of:
  • Multiple families, many with children, were suffering with money or living in poverty
  • Women were not being paid as much as men, which could lead to poverty.

Meeting the Historical Figures

Jackie Robinson

  • Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919
  • He was raised in poverty
  • He was the first black player on a major league team. He became a great player, despite the constant harassing by the racist fans of baseball
Read more about Jackie Robinson here.

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Eleanor Roosevelt


  • Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a rich family on October 11, 1884
  • Her family did not except her and she was afraid to stand up for herself. One day she found her voice and started to make the world a better place
Read more about Eleanor Roosevelt here.

How They Faced the Problems

Jackie Robinson helped different races overcome racial inequality,

  • He also showed that it is possible for a child or any person, for that matter, could beat poverty
  • He made it to a nice place and proved that just because you grew up poor, you could still get to higher places


Eleanor Roosevelt helped fight for the writes of working women.
  • Women were getting underpaid. In 2010, women made 77 cents, for every dollar a man made. (click here for more information)
  • Eleanor helped write the Deceleration of Human Rights, which helped fight poverty.
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How Poverty Still Exists Today

In 2013...


  • 45.3 million people were in poverty
  • 14.7 million children under the age of 18 were in poverty
  • 4.2 million seniors 65 and older were in poverty
  • 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children
For more information, click here.

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A Solution to Poverty

  • This country has always had a poverty ridden side and a wealthier side
  • Awareness organizations could be started
  • More chances could be given to the people raised in poverty rather than the people raised in a wealthy setting

Source Citations

"Jackie Robinson." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.


"Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace." Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2015.


"Eleanor Roosevelt." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2015..


"Hunger and Poverty Fact Sheet." Feeding America. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.


Jacobs, William J. "Eleanor Roosevelt." The Language of Literature. Boston: McDougal Littell, 2002. 88-696. Print


Robinson, Jackie R., and Alfred Duckett. "The Noble Experiment." The Language of Literature. Boston: McDougal Littell, 2002. 288-95. Print.