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How Far Do You Think FDR’s Background, Character And Upbringing Made It Easy For Him To Understand The Concerns And Fears Of Ordinary Americans?

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How Far Do You Think FDR's Background, Character And Upbringing Made It Easy For Him To Understand The Concerns And Fears Of Ordinary Americans? The aim of this essay is to answer the question: How far do you think FDR's, background, character and upbringing made it easy for him to understand the concerns and fears of ordinary Americans? In order to answer this question I will take each of the three sections; upbringing, character and background and explore them using the booklet provided (The U.S.A. 1919-1941 Focus on FD Roosevelt) and my own research from the internet, CD ROM's and books from the library. Frankly Delano Roosevelt was born on the 30th January 1882. FDR died on the 12th April 1944. He ran for and won the Presidency of the U.S.A. ...read more.

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America's economy and its people were at an all time low. They were worse now than they'd ever been before. Concerns of many Americans were, when were they going to get out of the Depression? They wanted to get out of the tents and slums they lived in, which were in the Hoovervilles. They wanted to know would they ever have jobs and homes again? Would America return to its former glory? FDR was born in Hyde Park, New York on Monday 30th January 1882. He came into a comfortable world. He had a privileged childhood, travelling with his parents throughout Europe, studying at home with private tutors, and finally entering the exclusive private school, Groton at the age of 14. While at Groton FDR was a 'B' student. From Groton, FDR went on to study at Harvard University. This is where he fell in love with distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt (ER). ...read more.

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He was the son of a wealthy investor. FDR was left out at school this 'would give him sympathy for all people who were left out,' said ER. An extract from 'Blanche Wiesen Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt (Bloomsbury London '92) suggest he had a hard time at school. He was always thought of as being a posh, spoiled child and a 'mama's boy.' His mom always gave FDR a lot of support no matter what it was over. His wife Eleanor was also a big influence on FDR. From the same source (Eleanor Roosevelt, by Blanche Wiesen Cook) it says 'Eleanor's influence was to be a key factor in his new successes.' FDR wasn't brought up to sympathise with ordinary Americans he was a 'patrician by birth, upbringing and style' (an extract from www.time.com). I agree with this statement because FDR had never had any hard times, his parents could afford to buy a lot. He was of the upper class ...read more.

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