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Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, one of America's most powerful first ladies. Learn about her youth and her career helping those less fortunate than she.
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Time For Kids: Eleanor RooseveltFirst Lady of the World
By Michele Editors of TIME For Kids
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Michele Editors of TIME For Kids
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A Voice Heard Around the World
It was 1948, and Eleanor Roosevelt was in Paris, France. She was about to make a speech for the United Nations, an organization that had been formed only three years before to help settle arguments among different countries. It would be one of the most important speeches of her life.
About 2,500 people packed into a big hall at La Sorbonne, a famous university. World leaders filled the crowd. Newspaper reporters were there to write t was 1948, and Eleanor Roosevelt was in Paris, France. She was about to make a speech for the United Nations, an organization that had been formed only three years before to help settle arguments among different countries. It would be one of the most important speeches of her life.
About 2,500 people packed into a big hall at La Sorbonne, a famous university. World leaders filled the crowd. Newspaper reporters were there to write down her words. Hundreds of others who wanted to hear Eleanor speak couldn't even get in! Eleanor was a confident woman and spoke out for the things she believed in. She was a great listener, too, and wanted to hear from all people -- whether they were average citizens or world leaders. But that day the world listened to Eleanor as she made history.
"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind," she said. Eleanor had just introduced a new bill of rights that would protect the safety, freedom, and health of people all over the world.
UN leaders rose to their feet.
The big room filled with applause. Eleanor filled with pride.
Eleanor had come a very long way since her days as a shy girl, when she was afraid of just about everything! As a child, she was scared of the dark, of mice, of basements, of water, of speaking in front of people. She was afraid of not fitting in, not being loved and accepted. Most of all, she was afraid that her family would leave her.
How did Eleanor overcome her fears and become one of the most courageous and important women in American history?
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An introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt is a focus of first grade social studies curriculum in many states. Most first graders will not be able to read this text independently but the photographs make it an excellent book to share with young learners. By third grade, most children can read this independently.