Eleanor Roosevelt was a First Lady during the time of the Great Depression. She made huge differences in the lives of women, youth and minorities.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 in New York, New York. While her parent were alive she lived in Italy with them. He father was Elliot Roosevelt, he was a junior partner at a real estate firm. He had alcohol and narcotic issues. Her mother was Anna Rebecca Hall, she was a popular debutante and elite figure. She died when Eleanor was almost 10 and Eleanor was an orphan until she was given to her maternal grandmother. Eleanor Roosevelt was the oldest of her siblings, Elliot and Gracie Hall Roosevelt. Growing up she received private tutoring since she was wealthy. She was taught grammar, arithmetic, literature and poetry. Later, she was also taught German, French, Italian, composition, music, drawing, painting and dance. Although she was not taught on subjects like politics and history, geography and philosophy, her instructor informed her a limitedly exposed her to it. She was raised as Episcopalian, and she kept that as her religious affiliation. This religion is a form of Catechism, which is Catholic, which is the religion that most people were during the time she lived. When she was about 20 years old, instead of returning to the United States from England where she received her schooling but she became involved in the social reform movement during the Progressive Era. After a while, she moved to New York and became a teacher. She was 20 when she married Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was 22. They got married on March 17, 1905. They had one daughter and five sons. They were fifth cousins once removed. After she got married, she fulfilled her duties as a wife and a mother.
Being the First Lady gave her plenty of opportunities to change things. Using her publicity, she held press conferences to further women rights. She attended campaigns that were against lynching and sought to get better and fair housing for minorities. She was popular with the minority community and those who were disabled. She spent almost all of her time visiting coal mines, relief projects and slum areas. In 1929 she began to work closely with Louis Howe. Howe was one of the most influential people in the making of the political career of the Roosevelt’s during this time. He encouraged First Lady Roosevelt to hold press conferences for women and he coached her on political speeches. She gave over 1,400 speeches during her time and she wrote all of them. She traveled around the country to give speeches. She was greatly involved with the media in all aspects. She broadcasted her “Women in Politics” series on the NBC radio for the Women’s City Club. She also spent her time editing the Women’s Democratic News.
Her main goals were to inform the public, make discussion and debate within conversation. She also wanted to gain support form the public for things she believed in and wanted to change. Her audiences were...