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Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884. She was born into a politically successful family. Her father was the brother of President Theodore Roosevelt, making her the niece and wife of two presidents. She married Franklin Roosevelt (her father’s 5th cousin) in 1905. She became the First Lady in 1933 and would remain the First Lady until her husband’s death in 1945. After the White House, she would serve as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

This video provides some fascinating facts and insight into the United State’s longest-serving First Lady. There are many more things that could be said about this accomplished woman’s life, but this video is meant to be an appetizer rather than the main course.

You can use this video to celebrate Women’s History Month by simply showing it in your class. You can also use this video year-round as a springboard for further research. It also opens the door for discussion about the role of the First Lady, how the role has changed, and what the future might look like.

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