The Qualities Of Fdr And The American Crisis By Albert Roosevelt

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In the biography FDR and the American Crisis, by Albert Marrin, Roosevelt proved his strongest character traits were determination in overcoming adversity, a charismatic nature, and intelligence. Firstly, his determination allowed him to overcome hardships, both personal and worldwide. In July of 1921, Roosevelt contracted poliomyelitis, or polio. Doctors stated his legs would be paralyzed for life, “so he spent hours pulling himself up by a strap hung over the bed” (67), strengthening his upper body. This illness was a test of his strength and perseverance. Roosevelt did not let his disability prevent his mind from thinking clearly. An example of determination during his presidency was when he came up with the idea to help the economy heal …show more content…

In order to divert attention from his legs, “when meeting people, he turned on the charm full blast, smiling, laughing, cracking jokes, and talking constantly” (77). Roosevelt wanted people to vote for him, not because they pitied him, but because they thought he was the best candidate for the country. Therefore, he relied on his charisma and ability in public speaking to gain voters. Lastly, his intelligence helped him be an efficient politician and a smart economist. As a child, “Words enchanted [Roosevelt]... he would… [read] Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary… Private tutors… taught him foreign languages” (14). Because he was well-read and was eloquent in speaking, he gave inspiring speeches and convinced people he was the best candidate. Overall, these strong character traits made Roosevelt an attractive …show more content…

He made many decisions that ultimately impacted the lives and futures of many and shaped World War II as we remember it today. Roosevelt, during a speech over the radio, he “called for national unity and sacrifice. If American pulled together, they could overcome any obstacle” (175). During these perilous times, Roosevelt brought Americans together to fight in the war at home. However, not all of his decisions brought positive changes. Roosevelt also “sent 110,000 Japanese Americans, mostly citizens, to ‘relocation centers’” (182). This violated the basic moral principles of America, which is to judge people by what they do, not who they are. Roosevelt proved he did not see all American citizens as equal. These decisions ultimately made America a different country by the end of the presidency. As a person, Roosevelt was very secretive, which led to him sometimes being seen as very fake. As Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife of 40 years, said, “He had no real confidantes… I don’t think I was his confidante, either… He lived his own life exactly as he wanted it” (126). He did not truly trust anyone, which led to the suspicion and distrust of Americans. In conclusion, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is remembered for his crucial role during the dangerous times of America, and his realization of the responsibilities that come with the great powers of being

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