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1. Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the real concerns and fears of ordinary Americans?

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1. Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the real concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? In some ways Roosevelt's background did help him understand the real fears and concerns of ordinary Americans but in some ways it did not help him. There are two sides to this argument as many historians have found out. Roosevelt was a young wealthy boy born on January 30th 1882 at Hyde Park New York into a well established northeastern family. He was an only child of a stable loving family. He was tutored in his home until the age of 14 by European governors who taught him French and German. After Roosevelt's educational studies at his home he soon goes to attend several excellent educational institutes. In 1905 he married Eleanor Roosevelt; she played an excellent role in his political career. He entered politics in 1910 and was elected to the New York state senate as a democrat. Some historians believed that Roosevelt's education made him arrogant. President Wilson appointed him assistant secretary of the navy. In 1921 Roosevelt discovered that he had polio, this showed his determination as he could emphasize with the less fortunate. Although he had polio it didn't stop him working with a career in politics. ...read more.

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Roosevelt was soon governor of New York which would have gained his first hand experience of poverty. Roosevelt traveled to New York to find out more about the poor and the less fortunate. Because he was made governor of New York this would have made his character stand out which would make it easier for him to communicate with different people. Roosevelt was a wealthy person, his character was wealthy and rich, his background was wealthy and he was brought up with a rich loving family. Roosevelt used his wealth to help others by establishing foundations that would help other victims who suffered from polio and other diseases. This made it easy for Roosevelt to understand ordinary Americans as they would have praised him for all his help. Roosevelt would have had a lot of determination to succeed as he set himself a goal and he did not give up. His wife Eleanor would have gave him a lot of determination as well, as she wanted him to succeed. All of the above are aspects of Roosevelt's background etc which would have helped him. On the other hand, in some ways, Roosevelt's background did not help him in several ways as Roosevelt was brought up as a wealthy boy and he is dealing with poor and less fortunate people than himself. ...read more.

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much as his parents did everything for him, this would also make the poor feel unhappy as they would want there parents to do things for them but they did not have the chance for all this as they are less fortunate. His educational studies would have made his policies about internationalism a lot better; this would neglect the social problems at home. The above paragraph shows that Roosevelt's background etc made it harder for him to understand the real fears and concerns of ordinary Americans. In my argument I have found out that Roosevelt's background, character and upbringing made it both hard and easy for him to understand the real fears and concerns of ordinary Americans. In my point of view I think that Roosevelt did understand ordinary Americans because he soon got a disease called polio which caused him to become more caring and understanding after that he knew how the poor felt. However I also think that he didn't understand them because he was wealthy and well brought up which was the total opposite of the less fortunate this shows he really would not understand them. But overall I think eventually that he did understand them and he became more caring and kind, I also think the less fortunate soon appreciated him for what he did for them. ...read more.

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