Eleanor Roosevelt Biography

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In the excerpt of the biography, Eleanor Roosevelt by William Jay Jacobs, we learn about the major accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt's life.

Eleanor Roosevelt had a difficult childhood until she met and married Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1903. Until that time Eleanor had low self-esteem, her parents and one brother died, and she had six children, one of which died. During her marriage she helped Franklin Roosevelt become first governor and than president in 1932.

Unfortunately, Franklin, while on vacation, fell ill with the paralyzing disease, polio. People tried to convince him to leave the public eye, but Eleanor helped him to not give up. Eleanor got involved in politics herself doing speeches for the Democratic Party, helping the league of Women Voters, the Consumer's League, Foreign Policy Association, and the Women's Trade Union League. She also worked for charity, visited slums, learned about suffering coal miners, shipyard workers, housewives, migrant farm workers, and students during the Great Depression.

Eleanor began to write an article in the newspaper, " My Day," and spoke often on the radio. She was fighting against racial and religious prejudice. Then in 1941, when the World War II struck, Eleanor helped the Red Cross raise money and visited barracks and hospitals where she would stop at each bed and say something special to the soldier.

After Franklin's death in 1943 she was invited to be one of the American delegates to go and begin the work of the United Nations. It was she who almost single-handedly pushed through the United Nations General Assembly giving refugees the right not to return to their native lands if they did not wish to. Next Eleanor helped draft the United Nations of Human Rights. In December 1948, the Declaration of Human Rights won approval of the UN General...