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Did Roosevelt’S Upbringing, Background and Character Help Him Understand the Fears and Concerns of Ordinary Americans?

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Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character help him understand the fears and concerns of ordinary Americans? Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born into a well off family. He was the only child of James and Sara Delano Roosevelt. As an infant he was very rarely out of his mothers sight and he was a spoilt child. Sara Roosevelt was over protective of him and she dressed him in dresses until he was five years old. With him being spoilt like this and living a life of luxury he would not have been aware of the fears and concerns of ordinary Americans because he had not been exposed to the normal world. FDR's mother supervised his education until he was fourteen years old. French and German speaking tutors did most of the actual teaching. ...read more.


His peers saw him as bizarre because of his snobbish attitude and his strange accent due to the foreign tutors. As a teenager Roosevelt was an avid reader. When he left Groton he went to Harvard University and got his Bachelors Degree in 1903. He was particularly interested in history and political economy and took courses in those subjects. With the knowledge of these two subjects he would know more about the fears and concerns of ordinary Americans. After finishing his studies in History and law FDR decided to enter politics. In 1910 FDR was elected to the New-York State Senate. He would have to know a lot about the ordinary Americans to be elected to such a high position. For seven between 1913-1920 FDR was the assistant secretary of the American navy. ...read more.


Eventually, after many months and years of pain he was able to walk short distances with the aid of metal struts and crutches. Many people would have just given up but not FDR. Now FDR knew what it was like to not have everything on a plate for you as he had to work hard to get the use of his legs back. It is quite similar to ordinary Americans because they have concerns as well and they had to work very hard. From then on FDR wanted to help other people and in 1928 he was elected to governor of New York State. While he was governor he spent $20m on helping the unemployed and others suffering from the depression. So overall his upbringing, background and character must of helped him understand the fears and concerns of ordinary Americans because he did so much to help them. ...read more.

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