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Did Roosevelt’s upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? Explain your answer.

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Roosevelt American History Sources Questions Q1. Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? Explain your answer. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on 30th January 1882, to James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt. Sara, being a very dominant woman, gave birth to him in Hyde Park, the family home, on the Hudson River. It was here that FDR learnt his morals, principles, and developed into the genuine man he turned out to be. Sara, his mother was very much involved in the upbringing of her son, she educated him at home until he turned 14, when she sent him to Groton school in Massachusetts. ...read more.

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He was meeting, for the first time, people not as wealthy, or as well off as him. Walking the streets of the poorer areas of New York City to interview witnesses prior to trial made him realise how much there was to be done. This desire to make a change drew him into politics. It was his family's principles of 'service to the community' and 'love thy neighbour' that helped him relate to the Americans not in the same league as him. He had a warm personality, worked on his instincts but still arrogant enough to tell people when he thought he was right. This open-ness endeared him to much of the American population, though most had never even met Roosevelt, still felt that he was there for them. ...read more.

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In his second term in office as State Governor he had to combat the effects of the Depression and it was due to him that New York became the first State to vote public money for unemployment relief. He realsied that politics was about keeping in touch with the people. He possessed charm, he always spoke to the public, which gained their trust. As the Depression carried on, and grew worse, the Republicans, being in office at the time, were losing support, and fast. This paved the way for a Democrat leader, Roosevelt, to take the reins from Hoover and steer America into prosperity once again. He wanted America to prosper, and it was his views and his fellow Democrat leaders' views, combined with his compassion for his country that helped him win the election. The American public liked him. (196 words) ...read more.

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