by Shelby Ostergaard
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FDR's First Inaugural Address
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States, the country was in the grips of the Great Depression. At his inauguration on March 4, 1933, he delivered this famous speech in which he addresses the growing fear that plagued a nation in crisis — “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”Pair “FDR’s First Inaugural Address” and “Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent” and ask students to compare and contrast the issues that were most important to Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. How do these two texts highlight the President’s and First Lady’s shared values? What differences do you see in what they wanted to change about America?
First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women
- First Lady Hillary Clinton
In the speech “First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women,” Clinton tells the United Nations why women’s rights are human rights and encourages the world to protect those rights.Pair “First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women” with “Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent,” and ask students to make connections between the two women’s areas of concern and their activism as First Ladies. What does Clinton’s address show us about how the role of First Lady has evolved since Roosevelt’s time? What similarities do you see across their lives and priorities that would have made Clinton the best choice to give the keynote speech at the dedication of the Eleanor Roosevelt monument?
The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony
- Various Authors
- 1893 & 1906
In “The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony,” various authors discuss Susan B. Anthony’s life and death, as well as her lasting contributions to the suffrage movement.Pair “The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony” with “Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent,” and ask students to compare how the two women advocated for women’s rights and how their efforts were received during their lifetimes. How does the Eleanor Roosevelt text show progress — or lack thereof — in women’s rights since Susan B. Anthony’s time?
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the life and influence of the former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis.Pair “Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent” with “Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages” to provide students with information about another former First Lady. Ask students to compare Eleanor Roosevelt’s time as First Lady with Jackie Kennedy Onassis’. What did the two First Ladies focus on during their time at the White House? How do students think both First Ladies changed the expectations for the First Ladies to follow?