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April 05 , 2009

The Roosevelts: The Lives and Legacies of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt


*Includes pictures of Teddy, FDR, Eleanor, and important people, places and events in their lives.*Explains the relationships among the Roosevelts and their family history. *Includes a Table of Contents.They were American legends who revolutionized the roles in the White House and the way the government deals with its citizens. They also happened to be related.For a man who grew up to become the Bull Moose, Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, suffering from asthma and other maladies. But his physical weakness actually drove him to be more active, which also fostered an interest in nature. It also helped that Teddys family was wealthy, allowing him privileges including home school and the ability to attend Harvard, where he was an athlete and took an interest in naval affairs. After finishing at Harvard, Teddy entered politics, but it didnt stop him from writing The Naval War of 1812 in 1882, establishing himself as a professional writer and historian. In the 1890s, it was Teddys turn to make history, leading the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and being decorated for his service with a Medal of Honor. He parlayed his glory into the governorship of New York and then the Vice Presidency under William McKinley. When McKinley was assassinated in 1901, young Teddy was thrust into the presidency, one that would earn him a place on Mount Rushmore, Roosevelts Square Deal domestic policies favored average citizens while busting trusts and monopolies. Roosevelt also promoted conservation as an environmental stance, while his speak softly and carry a big stick foreign policy is still an oft used phrase today. Roosevelt even earned a Nobel Prize during his presidency. If Teddy wasn't the greatest president of the 20th century, it might be due to his own relative. FDR was certainly the most unique. A well-connected relative of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR was groomed for greatness until he was struck down by what was widely believed to be polio at the time. Nevertheless, he persevered, rising through New York politics to reach the White House just as the country faced its greatest challenge since the Civil War, beginning his presidency with one of the most iconic lines ever spoken during an inaugural address. For over a decade, President Roosevelt threw everything he had at the Great Depression, and then threw everything the country had at the Axis powers during World War II. Ultimately, he succumbed to illness in the middle of his fourth term, just before the Allies won the war. If Dolley Madison was instrumental in molding the role of First Lady in the 19th century, credit can be given to Eleanor Roosevelt for revolutionizing the political nature of the role in the 20th and 21st centuries and making it possible for presidents like Bill Clinton to enlist their wives to handle political duties. At the same time, history might remember Eleanor more for what she did outside of the White House, as she became a critically acclaimed and world famous international author and advocate of civil rights, womens rights. By the time she had finished working for the United Nations, working on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, President Truman rightly called her The First Lady of the World. The Roosevelts chronicles the amazing lives and careers of the Teddy, FDR and Eleanor and analyzes their relationships and legacies, but it also humanizes the Bull Moose, the man who was doggedly determined to conquer his enemies, and the dutiful wife who persevered through her husband's marital infidelities to become one of his most important political allies and spokesmen. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Roosevelts like you never have before.
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