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Eleanor Roosevelt As A Campaigner For Human Rights

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1. INTRODUCTION

Human rights are rights that every single one of us has just by the fact that we are humans. But it wasn't like that always. We didn't always have those rights. A lot of time, struggle and many fights had to pass for these rights to start being acknowledged and respected.

Many people in the past dedicated their lives to the fight for human rights. They weren't afraid to stand for what they believed in and they believed in a better tomorrow. They did everything that was in their power to make sure it comes true. But even now, after everything they did and all the progress they made we still hear and read about basic human rights being violated all around the world.

When the time to choose the topic for this essay came, I decided to write about something that I thought mattered and for me, a future law student, choosing a topic of human rights wasn't hard. I wanted to write about Eleanor Roosevelt, a person that not a lot of people now as a human rights activist. The reason behind this decision is that Eleanor was a strong, independent woman, fighting for the rights of others in the time when even women themselves had to fight for a better position in society.

After Franklin won a seat in New York Senate, family moved to Albany. 2 years later, in 1913, Franklin was appointed assistant secretary of the navy and they moved to Washington D.C. Next few years Eleanor spent performing social duties of the „official wife“, some of them including going to formal parties and making social calls to other government officials.

When the United States entered into the World War I Eleanor continued her volunteer work. She visited wounded soldiers, worked for Navy-Marine Corps Relief and in Red Cross canteen.

During the 20s her interests in politics increased, partly to help with her husband's career and partly as a result of her decision to work for the important causes. She joined the Women's Trade Union League and became active in New York state Democratic Party.

During her time as a first lady she was her husband's eyes and ears since her husband was stricken with polio in 1921. She was going on a long tours throughout the country and reporting to him on conditions, programs and public opinion. These unusual activities were target of some criticism and „Eleanor jokes“ by her opponents, but people mostly responded warmly to her interest in their welfare.

After Franklin's death, President Truman appointed her a delegate to the United Nations. She also continued to play an active part in the Democratic Party, working on the election of Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy appointed her chair of his Comission on the Status of Women, where she worked until shortly before her death.

She died in 1962 from a rare form of tuberculosis. She is buried in Hyde Park, next to her husband.

3. CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM

Traditionally, women have played a significant part in...

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