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She came from a large family and took on a care taker role early on despite being the youngest of five children. In the 1800’s, diseases were common and when her brother became sick, she became his unofficial nurse at home making sure his needs were met as he recovered for two full years (Somervill, 2007). She was well educated but shy in her childhood. Her parents encouraged her to overcome her bashfulness as they believed she had much to offer the world. When she was 18, she finally found her voice and began a career in education.
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For someone who spent thefirst third of her life as shy and timid, she showed great courage once she was thrust into the presidential “spotlight”. Most Americans considered her a true “American Hero”. “Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, I now announce the presence of our first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt”, is something similar to what you would hear when being addressed at a press conference or important meetings. She was a well respected human being, achieving great duties and responsibility in life. She was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be on the first peace corps advisory board.
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