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

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HISTORY COURSEWORK Assignment 1 Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of the ordinary Americans? Explain your answer. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, one of the best urban areas in New York. The only son of wealthy, land owning parents, his father was vice president of a railroad company. Because of this, Franklin was sheltered from all the harsh realities of life during his early childhood. Therefore, one would expect him to find it hard to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans. The Roosevelt family was heavily involved in politics and although the young Franklin had a privileged upbringing, his parents passed on the values of the ruling classes. ...read more.

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This can be seen in the policies he introduced as President, many of which were designed to help the less fortunate. Even though Roosevelt was not particularly clever, he went on to Harvard, one of the greatest academic institutions in America. While studying, he often gave up his spare time to teach at a school for poor boys. This was an experience which would equip him well for being President, giving him a first hand knowledge of the problems experienced by the less well off members of society. This can also be said about his work as a lawyer in New York State after he had graduated from university. ...read more.

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It also pushed him to try and help people who were in pain or distress because he understood how traumatic that could be. In conclusion, Roosevelt's background, upbringing and character did help him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans. Although he came from a wealthy, privileged background, his parents and family passed on the moral values and sense of responsibility he would use in later life. His schooling, teaching work and his time spent as a lawyer opened his eyes to the harsher side of life. His illness was a major turning point in his life and gave him an insight into the pain and suffering experienced by many people. Overcoming the illness gave him the determination and strength of character to devote his life to helping those less fortunate than him. Robert Lindsay 1 ...read more.

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