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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?

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Question 2: Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? It is my belief that there are two possible ways of answering the question did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him and to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? The answers are simply yes or yes and No. This is because there are many parts of an Roosevelt's life that did not made easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary American. So I'll have to answer this question with yes and no. One of my main reasons for answering no is how can Roosevelt who was born into all wealthy family (in terms of land owned), privileged, aristocratic, well-connected and financially secure family ever understand anything about an ordinary American? Roosevelt grew up on an estate mixing with only similar families, he had a close relationship to with his mother he was very protective of him and very ambitious for him. ...read more.

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As his political career progress he was offered a place in Woodrow Wilson's government as assistant secretary of the Navy where he encountered a wide range of people with whom he dealt with successfully. An affair that lasted four years would unexpectedly help Roosevelt to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans because after the affair Eleanor Roosevelt decided that she was going to have a political career of her own. During her political career Eleanor became aware of many social issues outside of her experience and she made Franklin aware of the many social issues, this is how she helped Roosevelt to understand the concerns and fears of all ordinary Americans. When Roosevelt was chosen to be Democratic vice-presidential candidate he used the same energetic electioneering as when he was in the election for a place on the Albany State Senate. This is Roosevelt using his character to become well known and well respected by the Democratic Party and ordinary Americans throughout the country. During his electioneering he learnt more about the concerns and fears of the ordinary American people. ...read more.

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During hi drives though the countryside Roosevelt met and listened to ordinary people with worries and problems completely beyond his experiences, such as hardship, financial worries, lack of electricity, bad schools and low prices for the farm produces that they produced. For the first time in his life he realised he was interested in ordinary people and what they want, he wanted to be the people's president. Roosevelt's first chance to use his understanding of the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans was when he became the Governor of New York. He began programmes to help people with less, for example Roosevelt introduce tax relief for farmers, cheaper electricity for people thought out the state of New York and assistance for the elderly and the unemployed. My conclusion is that his early life didn't make it easy for Roosevelt to understand the ordinary American people. In his later life especially when he had polio and when he was at Warm Springs he did understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans because he had spent so much time with the less fortunate and the needy. ...read more.

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