Topic: Eleanor Roosevelt
Specific Purpose: For her husband, in which he became partially paralyzed and despondent about his
political future, so she wanted to get her message out as well as keeping his faith alive.
Thesis: Eleanor Roosevelt exhibited leadership in her lifetime by becoming highly active in politics and
Eleanor Roosevelt was born in 1884 to Elliot and Anna. Both parents died when she was 10. So, Eleanor
and her younger brother were raised by her grandmother Hall. In 1905, she married Franklin D.
Roosevelt. Eleanor became highly active in humanitarian and political groups in the 1920's. When FDR
was elected to governor of NYC and later president, Eleanor played a crucial part in decisions he made.
She became his eyes and ears after Franklin was diagnosed with polio.
Thesis Statement: Eleanor Roosevelt exhibited leadership in her lifetime by becoming highly active in
and humanitarian efforts.
(Transition: ''First, Eleanor played a big role in FDR decision when he was elected as president. She had
to become his eyes and ears after her husband was diagnosed with polio .'')
I.Though Roosevelt redefine the role of First Lady, she was born to a wealthy family in New York City.
A. As a young girl, she was lonely and withdrawn.
1. Her mother, Anna Hall Roosevelt, did not pay much attention to her only daughter
and nicknamed her ''Granny.''
2. Her alcoholic father, Elliot Roosevelt, had other things on his mind aside from
3.Her parents' deaths within two years of each other, as well as the death of a younger
brother, left Roosevelt and her older brother to be raised by their grandmother and
B. Roosevelt spent most of her childhood in her grandmother's house.
1. Roosevelt was eventually sent off to boarding school in England, at the age of
2. She would later recall the next three years in England as the happiest time of her life.
Under the guidance of Allen wood School's headmistress Marie Silvestre, her self-
3. As the shy, young woman listened to Marie's progressive ideas about improving
society and the lives of the less fortunate, she began to understand her life's mission.
4. Roosevelt wanted to take these ideas back to New York and put them into practice.
II.Roosevelt dreaded the thought of attending her debutante ball, at which young ladies of society
would be presented to the public and would often meet their future husbands.
A. Nevertheless, she attended her ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1902.
1. A year later, she became engaged to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
2. On St. Patrick's Day in 1905, the young couple exchanged marriage vows after her
uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt, escorted her down the aisle in place of her
parents. Over the next few years, several children were born to the young couple, and
Franklin became increasingly interested and involved in politics.
B. Roosevelt's husband officially entered the political world in...