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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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Christian Jonathan Hidalgo Kerstiens Centre Number ES373 Candidate Number 2609 Coursework Did Roosevelt's upbringing, background and character make it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? Explain your answer Roosevelt was born in 1882 in New York, he was son of a wealthy and affluent society making it difficult from the start to understand ordinary concerns. Roosevelt's contact with other people was minimum as he was an only child. He was lonely living in Springwood in an isolated but beautiful house; this however, made it difficult for him to get a view of what life was really like. Feeling lonely was an important lesson which helped him to emphasise with other people, not as wealthy. ...read more.

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During 1896-1900, he attended Groton, a prestigious school and received a BA degree in history from Harvard in only 3 years. He then studied law at New York's Columbia University and then practiced law with a prominent New York City law firm, but was so rich that he did not need to work. This was not a help in his career towards understanding how people could live in misery. Instead, he entered politics in 1910, and spent money on his election campaign for the New York State Senate as a democrat from his traditionally Republican home district. Woodrow Wilson who had been supported by Roosevelt, rewarded him by appointing him Assistant Secretary of the Navy and because of his success was nominated vice-president by the Democratic Party in 1920. ...read more.

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This would make him seem a strong and cool figure. In 1921, while vacationing at Campobello Island, he suffered from poliomyelitis which left him close to death. Recovery took time, strength and hard work and despite his effort, he ended paralysed from the waist down. The strike Roosevelt had suffered, provided him not only with strength and confidence, but also helped to emphasise with American people's struggle. "The only thing that we have to fear is fear itself". He was elected governor of New York and persuaded to spend millions on home and relief getting a closer and more touching view of the life or ordinary Americans. Roosevelt's background, gave him automatically respect. He used his "common touch" to communicate with people's feelings of all social status. ...read more.

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