Eleanor Roosevelt : a Personal and Public Life Essay

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J. William T. Youngs Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life Longman, New York 2000 This book is about a woman who forever changed the course of women's role in American history. Eleanor Roosevelt was an extremely important figure in the history of the United States, especially during the twentieth century. The way the author uses the book to help the reader to feel included in Eleanor's life, makes the reader feel as if he knows Mrs. Roosevelt. Eleanor was the daughter of Anna Hall and Elliot Roosevelt. She was born on October 11, 1885. The firstborn of the couple, she was their "miracle from heaven." (p.26) Her father had some problems and went to live in Virginia to straighten out his life. Eleanor was without her…show more content…
She was a well respected woman that many thought was going to lead woman in the fight for equal rights. When Franklin became the president of the United States, Eleanor had to accept her role as the first lady. Mrs. Roosevelt was not like the First Ladies before her. She made her mark on society. She got involved in politics. Franklin saw her as his "eyes and ears" for she would tell him what was going on throughout the country with "real" people she had met while Franklin remained in Washington D.C. She was a very important part of the presidential team. Franklin died in April of 1945, while still in office. This grieved Eleanor for they had been married forty years. Her husband's death did not stop her, however. She continued to make her mark on American history until she died from bone-marrow tuberculosis on November 7, 1962. Her life was one that was lived to the fullest. Issues Youngs raised in his book about Eleanor were politics: Democrats verses Republicans. He also talked of women's rights. He mentioned the war and its impact on Eleanor. By using these issues in the book, Youngs provide the reader with a view of who Eleanor Roosevelt really was and what she stood for. I think Youngs raised the right issues. The issues mentioned in the book are the issues that were important during that time, which also help the reader know what life was like in the early twentieth century. I think the author
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