Brief Summary Of Roosevelt's No Ordinary Time

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No ordinary time tells the story of the Roosevelt’s during World War two. Most war stories take the war from a foreign point of view; however, Goodwin takes it to a domestic point of view showing what happened in the United States and how that in turn affected the world. Goodwin makes the accurate statement that Eleanor was much more than the president’s wife, in fact, she was more of the president's political partner and advisor rather than his wife. Her voice was for both of them, speaking ideas that may be politically unwise but that they both believed. Eleanor worked viciously in civil rights and later was an extremely important part in the foundation of the United Nations.
The United States entry into World War two was not sudden and was not completely unexpected. Although the Roosevelt’s wished for the country to remain neutral they knew this was unlikely. Mass production of planes and tanks was underway far before the United States officially entered. In addition, Franklin felt it was the duty of the United States to assist their ally England and that they could not simply turn away at such a dire time. He promised that the United States would become the “arsenal of democracy”. To meet this promise, the president met Winston Churchill secretly at sea to make plans.
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Their four sons were in the military and their only daughter, Anna, was Franklins personal assistant. They also had many guests at the White House that would stay for extended periods of time such as Harry Hopkins, Princess Martha, Lorena Hickok, the president's mother, Missy LeHand, and Winston Churchill. In addition, when the president was elected to his fourth term, it was known he had less than a year to live, and sadly he never got to see the end to the war that defined his legacy. Eleanor, however, is remembered as the first lady who made a difference, in Civil rights and the role of the first
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