How Did Eleanor Roosevelt Change America

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Eleanor Roosevelt
World’s First Lady

Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, “You can do the thing you think you cannot do,” Which is exactly what Eleanor did. Eleanor Roosevelt changed America by standing up for human rights and being an encouragement to those during war time. She gave those who had lost their voices a voice. She showed America that when something bad is happening you don’t have to leave it to others to fix it. She left a legacy as the most outspoken woman ever to live in the White House and as many recall to her, “The Worlds First Lady”. Growing up Eleanor had low self confidence. “She was incredibly shy and awkward” states Andrew Matthews from his article “FInding her way in the Cobblestone magazine(14-15) might seem unbelievable …show more content…

During Franklin 's presidency he got stricken with the disease known as polio. Eleanor took it upon herself to take up his political work. (Richard Dungworth, The Usborne Book of Famous Women. Page 24) While this was going on matters only got worse when Mrs. Roosevelt found a packet of love letters in Franklin’s suitcase confirming his affair with the secretary. Eleanor wished for a divorce but didn 't get one due to the fact that it would ruin Franklin’s political career. Instead she stayed strong which enabled Franklin to keep his job. While Franklin remained president, she inspired to do more than just be first lady. She did a ton of work to help the children. Because of her the National Youth Administration was founded, an organization that offered money to students in exchange for work and provided on the job training. In 1942 Eleanor also served Wiltwycks board for directors and worked to raise money for schools. She completed dozens of inspections including marching into fields to inspect migrant workers living conditions, going to coal mines to interview miners, and visiting prisoners,chain gangs, poor houses, infirmities and orphan asylums. Although Eleanor did so many amazing things she was often attacked. Many military officers considered her a “do gooder”. She was also attacked for trying to help less fortunate members of

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